UPDATE 7:38 p.m. -- The Clayton Fire that began August 13 and burned hundreds of structures in Lake County -- including 189 homes -- is now 75 percent contained at 3,929 acres. All evacuations have been lifted.
In southern California, the Blue Cut Fire that quickly grew out of control Tuesday in San Bernardino County is now 37,020 acres and 40 percent contained. The number of structures threatened is now estimated 3,198, a major reduction from the 34,500structures originally threatened. An estimated 7,000 people remain evacuated.
The Chimney Fire burning in San Luis Obisbo county is 12,939 acres and 35 percent contained.
The Soberanes Fire in Monterey County remains 60 percent contained and is now 81,396 acres.
Original Post: (AP) - Firefighters in Southern California have made their biggest gains yet against the powerful Blue Cut Fire that has raged out of control for much of the week.
San Bernardino County fire officials say the fire is 22 percent contained Friday morning, up from 4 percent Thursday. Some evacuees were allowed to return home. The fire that broke out Tuesday in the Cajon Pass near Interstate 15 east of Los Angeles has now burned 56 square miles. Many homes have burned, but officials say there are still no specific figures on how many.
The Blue Cut Fire is 35,969 acres.
Meanwhile, crews battling the Clayton Fire, which has destroyed hundreds of structures in Lake County, continue to make progress. The blaze is now 65 percent contained and is currently 3,929 acres.
Crews are also still battling the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur. Some evacuation orders and warnings remain. The blaze is 81,396 acres and is 60 percent contained. It's expected to keep burning until the end of August.
Capital Public Radio staff contributed to this report.
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