As Winds Ease, a Los Angeles Fire Is Fully Contained

As Winds Ease, a Los Angeles Fire Is Fully Contained

18 October 2008

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USA — A wildfire in northern Los Angeles that destroyed 15 homes and dozens of buildings has been surrounded.

State and local fire officials said Saturday that the blaze in the San Fernando Valley had been completely contained. They could not say exactly when the nearly 30-square-mile fire would be put out. Roads were reopened, and evacuation orders for some neighborhoods were lifted.

The fire, which broke out on Monday when harsh Santa Ana winds knocked a power line onto dry brush, has cost more than $12 million to fight.

The blaze was one of two last week only a few miles apart in the San Fernando Valley. The other fire, which destroyed about 40 homes and left two people dead, was contained Thursday.

The Santa Anas, which have fanned the wildfires with hot, dry winds, have diminished, but weather remained a concern because of low humidity.

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