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California Fires Burn 15,000 Acres

October 23, 1998

FILLMORE, Calif. (AP) _ Calming winds and moist air helped firefighters gain the upper hand Thursday against blazes that have scorched more than 15,000 acres in California.

A 11,300-acre fire in Ventura County was 90 percent contained and was expected to be surrounded by Friday evening, said sheriff’s Sgt. Chuck Buttell. More than 1,400 firefighters were on the line.

About 50 miles northwest in Santa Barbara County, a 4,000-acre wildfire in Los Padres National Forest was 55 percent contained. The more than 1,300 firefighters expected to surround it by Saturday night.

In Sierra National Forest, high humidity and cloud cover helped firefighters keep a 900-acre fire from spreading in the area above the Pine Flat Reservoir, about 60 miles southeast of Fresno. The blaze was 80 percent contained and was expected to be surrounded during the night.

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