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Firefighters make progress against four blazes in California

August 10, 1997

PIRU, Calif. (AP) _ A wildfire moved away from this Southern California town, as firefighters made progress Sunday against blazes across the state.

Some in this town of about 1,000 people northwest of Los Angeles had prepared to leave their homes, but chances of an evacuation order were now remote, according to Mary Guokas, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

High humidity and lower temperatures kept the blaze from expanding as furiously as it did last week, she said. The towns of Fillmore and Piru were south of the fire, which was moving east.

The fire has burned through 22,000 acres of unincorporated land and property in Los Padres National Forest since last week, but crews had it 55 percent contained, Guokas said Sunday.

A second fire also burned Sunday in the Los Padres National Forest along the Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County line. It burned 50,000 acres and was 75 percent contained, Guokas said.

Crews also made progress fighting a blaze in Lassen Volcanic National Park, in the northeastern corner of the state. The fire covered 1,870 acres and was 50 percent contained, said Scott Issacson, a park spokesman.

A fire in the Monarch Wilderness Area of the Sequoia National Forest had burned through about 2,100 acres of wilderness by Sunday, and was 29 percent contained. No giant sequoias or structures were threatened in the forest some 200 miles north of Los Angeles.

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