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Last: Calm winds help California fire progress

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

5:30 pm

Crews and take advantage of the calm winds will perform a controlled burn to remove swaths of dry brush as they build containment lines around the Southern California huge fire in the forest.

Fire spokesman Capt. Rick Crawford said Tuesday that officials will remove potential fuel on the fire on the northern edge, so that when the winds whip up again Wednesday, “there will be nothing more to burn.”

He says that the inhabitants living in the vicinity of the city of Ojai could see new smoke from the controlled burn.

The blaze northwest of Los Angeles is the third largest in the history. It is 50 percent contained. Some evacuations were lifted Monday, and Crawford says more residents are allowed to return Tuesday.

But he warns that homes are still being threatened in parts of Santa Barbara County, where firefighters plan an aggressive air attack at the stubborn flames.

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