Calif. Firefighters See First Sign of Progress

Humidity, cooling temperatures aid struggle against Station fire
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2009 2:49 PM CDT
Firefighters work a threatening houses in the La Crescenta section of Glendale, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – Finally, some good news on the massive California wildfire: A break in the weather is helping considerably, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officially, the blaze is still only 5% contained, but that number is expected to rise substantially when re-evaluated later today. "We made progress last night, not just due to humidity, but good darn firefighting,” said a commander. The 190-square-mile fire has destroyed more than 50 homes in six days.