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Latest: Winds ease as crews fight Southern California fire

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The latest California forest fire news (all local times):

8:15 in the morning

Containment is approaching a Los Angeles fire that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures as teams take advantage of the calmer winds and cooler temperatures.

Officials say the fire in the San Fernando Valley has not grown significantly since Friday. They are 19% contained on Saturday morning.

Thousands of people remain under evacuation orders. Authorities warn that there is still potential for outbreaks even as weather conditions improve.

The air quality is poor as smoke from the fire settles in much of greater Los Angeles.

To the east, a fire that struck a mobile home park in Riverside County, destroying dozens of homes, is 25 percent contained in minimal growth.

In northern California, meanwhile, the lights once again turn on 98 percent of customers who lost power when Pacific Gas & Electric turned it off in an effort to prevent fires.

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12:05

The Santa Ana winds that set fire to two areas of southern California have disappeared, but the flames that destroyed dozens of homes are still rising.

A fire in the San Fernando Valley area of ​​Los Angeles contained only 13 percent on Saturday after the destruction of 13 buildings. A man who tried to fight the fire died of a heart attack.

Rapid fire prevents tens of thousands of people from returning to their homes until authorities are convinced it is safe.

The fire began on Thursday, a few hours after the burning trash in a dump truck sparked another wind-whipped fire that devastated a mobile park in Calimesa, east of Los Angeles.

Several of the park's residents were not found and the family of a 89-year-old woman says she is afraid she died when her house was burned.

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