Latest: Firefighters making progress against the biggest blaze

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

7:00 pm

Firefighters have made progress against the largest blaze in the history of California, but officials say that the fire is not fully contained until September.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday the fire in the North of California is 60 percent contained.

The Mendocino Complex Fires of the two fires burn side by side is a raging through tinder-dry vegetation for two weeks.

It has destroyed 119 homes and charred an area the size of Los Angeles.

Official say a lot more destructive blaze burning further north in the vicinity of the city of Redding is now 51 percent contained.

That blaze destroyed more than 1,000 homes and displaced 38,000 people.


6:15 pm

Firefighters battled through the night to keep a raging wildfire from reaching foothill areas in Southern California.

The arson blaze in the Cleveland National Forest gained renewed strength Thursday, racing along ledges, and come within a meter of the houses.

Crews on Friday so that some slopes to burn less fuel and make it harder for the flames to jump roads later in the day when the winds pick up.

Hundreds of firefighters have joined the battle, bringing the total to 1,200. The fire has black 16 square miles (41 square kilometers) of timber and brush and is just 5 percent contained. More than 20,000 residents have been evacuated.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside county.

A man accused of intentionally setting the fire is scheduled for arraignment Friday.

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