Fighting Wildfires

Fire crews are making dramatic headway against the wildfires that have been plaguing wide parts of California this summer. Officials say all but about 38 of the more than 2,000 blazes that have started in the past month are now out. And most of the mandatory evacuations have been lifted. A lightning storm June 20th set most of the fires. Since then, they've gutted a combined 1,413 square miles of land. That's the biggest area and has required the most resources of any set of fires in California history. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says 80 percent of U.S. firefighting resources have been deployed in California during the crisis. The worst of the fires along the coast near Big Sur is about 65-percent contained. It's charred more than 200 square miles of heavily forested land, destroying 27 homes in the process.

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