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Santa Ana winds ease allowing firefighters to make gains

The Santa Ana winds are calmer so far today, and that's allowing firefighters to make gains on three destructive wildfires in southern California.

The first of the fires started Thursday night and, since then, they've burned nearly 64 square miles in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and thousands of residents have fled.

Gusts of more than 70 miles per hour fueled the flames over the weekend, but the National Weather Service says the winds have topped out at 20 miles per hour this morning.

That's allowed crews to get the Santa Barbara blaze 95% contained. Meanwhile, officials estimate the fire in Orange and Riverside counties to be 40% contained, as is the fire in the Sylmar area of northern Los Angeles. That one's still burning vigorously, but it's well outside the city.

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