California Fire Crews Hoping to Have Fire Under Control Today

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters are hoping to have a Southern California wildfire under control today. The Malibu fire has destroyed 53 homes and torched more than 4,700 acres.

Firefighters declared the blaze 70 percent contained yesterday, after getting help from a cool Pacific Ocean breeze that kept temperatures low and moisture high.

Aircraft dropped fire retardant that put out most of the flames.

Residents have started to return to see what's left of their homes. Some locals are convinced the fire was started by a nearby late-night campfire. Investigators say the blaze was started by humans, but they're not sure if it was set intentionally.

As many as 14,000 people were evacuated after the flames broke out.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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