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Firefighters advance against the largest active California wildfire


The Saddleridge fire in Los Angeles is contained at 41%, compared to 19% on Saturday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CAL FIRE, said on Sunday ...

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(CNN) - Firefighters are making progress to contain the largest forest fires currently burning in California, authorities said.

LOOK: Fierce forest fires devour homes in the Los Angeles area

The Los Angeles Saddleridge fire is contained at 41%, compared to 19% on Saturday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CAL FIRE, said on Facebook on Sunday. The fire is almost 3,237 hectares in size.

All evacuation orders were lifted on Saturday in Los Angeles after the Saddleridge fire moved away from the neighborhoods and went to the slopes, and as the wind conditions improved.

"With the arrival of the weather pattern on land yesterday, firefighters will take advantage of lower wind speeds and directly attack the remaining hot spots," the Los Angeles Fire Department said Sunday morning.

READ: Red alert and fire evacuations in Southern California

The red flag warning for an increased fire risk expired at 6 pm on Saturday, the National Weather Service said in Los Angeles.

Nearly 100,000 people were forced to evacuate homes in several Los Angeles neighborhoods when the fire began to spread rapidly, fueled by high Santa Ana winds and low humidity. The fire destroyed at least 31 houses.

In Calimesa, about 112 miles east of Los Angeles, the Sandalwood fire is contained at 77%, said CAL FIRE. Now it is about 404 hectares.

MIRA: Multiple forest fires hit California

The Sandalwood fire killed an 89-year-old woman in a mobile home and another person who has not yet been identified, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.

The Reche fire in Moreno Valley is now 100% contained, said CAL FIRE. It started as a fast-growing fire, but firefighters were able to prevent it from growing more than 141 hectares.

The three fires began this Thursday.

California Firefighters

Source: cnnespanol

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