Firefighters Battle Wildfires Across California

Blazes north and south

 

(InciWeb, USFS)

 

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters battled large wildfires in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties on Monday.

A fire that has burned more than 2.3 square miles (5.1 square kilometers) north of Gilroy was 15% contained, and a smaller fire east of Morgan Hill was 70% contained, KRON-TV reported.

Weather conditions in that region improved early in the morning, with increasing humidity, decreasing winds and cooling temperatures, the National Weather Service said. But the service warned that fuels remain very dry.

In north Los Angeles County, firefighters stopped the forward movement of a fire that burned 1.7 square miles (4.4 square kilometers) near Agua Dulce.

On Sunday, the fire disrupted travel on State Route 14 and authorities set up an evacuation area where residents were instructed to remain in their cars.

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