Fire crews take advantage of calmer weather in California

JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calmer weather allowed crews to increase containment of wildfires after a three-week siege of gusts fanned blazes across California and led utilities to cut power to prevent winds from blowing branches into electric lines and igniting an inferno. Winds subsided in virtually all parts of the state, though Red Flag warnings for fire danger because of winds and ultra-dry conditions remained in place through Friday evening for some inland areas to the north and west of Los Angeles. Lingering winds were blamed for churning up a wildfire that erupted Thursday evening and quickly spread from a hilltop near Santa Paula, northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities in Ventura County ordered evacuations for about 7,500 people in an area that includes
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