Progress made on California fire that displaced thousands

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Firefighter Ron Burias battles the Fawn Fire as it spreads north of Redding, in Shasta County, on Thursday, Sept. 23. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)
REDDING, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters were gaining the upper hand Sunday on a forest fire that displaced thousands of people and destroyed more than 100 buildings near Shasta Lake in Northern California. Lighter winds and cooler temperatures slowed the Fawn Fire as it moved toward the shores of California’s largest human-made lake and away from populated areas north of the city of Redding, allowing crews to increase containment to 35%, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement. The fire at one point threatened 9,000 buildings, but the number dropped to 2,340 Sunday, Sept. 26. Light rain was in the forecast for the next day. Fire officials said crews will begin taking advantage of the calmer weather to conduct back burns near the lake to expand
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