Some Northern California Residents Feel Relief

Northern California residents are feeling better after air tankers and helicopters blunted a massive wildfire just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park, reports the Associated Press.

Fire crews working by air repeatedly doused the spearhead of the Ponderosa Fire with water and flame retardant as it crept up the deep Battle Creek Canyon threatening the national park and the town of about 190 homes.

Sixty-four homes and 20 other buildings have been destroyed, mostly in the Manton area, since lightning ignited the fire Saturday. It was still threatening 900 other homes scattered through the rugged countryside as it burned a new front to the south.

About 2,500 firefighters were battling the fire scorching piney hills about 30 miles southeast of Redding.

Elsewhere in the state, firefighters battling a large fire in Plumas National Forest braced for gusty winds this weekend. The fire, about 120 miles north of Sacramento, has consumed 99 square miles since it started at the end of July. It threatens about 900 homes and was a little more than half contained on Friday.

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