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Cool weather helps fight against Northern California blaze

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Authorities say cooler temperatures overnight helped firefighters battling a wildfire in Northern California that has grown to six square miles.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday all containment lines at the fires burning in the Sierra foothills held well overnight.

Cal Fire says the blaze is threatening 2,600 structures and is 12 percent contained.

The fire burning in El Dorado and Placer Counties started Tuesday afternoon, rapidly growing as it charged through inaccessible terrain, and climbed out of a steep canyon along the middle fork of the American River.

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect in parts of El Dorado County, but authorities have been downgraded to advisory evacuations in Placer County.

In central California, firefighters made progress overnight on a fire that threatened up to 300 homes in a gated community in the Tehachapi Mountains.

Kern County fire officials said Sunday the fire burned 2.8 square miles and was 40 percent contained.

A small, fast-moving brush fire that burned five homes in Southern California on Saturday was completely surrounded.

Two firefighters and a resident were treated for heat exhaustion or smoke inhalation.

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