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Mild weather helps crews fighting California fires

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Aided by relatively mild weather, hundreds of firefighters made slow but steady progress Sunday against a wildfire feeding on an area of dense brush and timber that hadn't burned in nearly 50 years.

Hundreds of evacuees remained out of their homes because of that and other wildfires in the West.

The fire in the San Bernardino National Forest about 60 miles east of Los Angeles was 30 percent contained Sunday after charring some 1,350 acres, said Georgia Smith, a fire information officer with the U.S. Forest Service.

Temperatures were only in the upper 50s before dawn Saturday, following highs in the 90s Saturday, while humidity rose to above 50 percent, fire information officer Marc Stamer said. He said firefighters were racing to try to get as much of a perimeter line around the fire as they could.