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70% of Southern California wildfire contained

(AP) – Authorities say they have now contained 70% of the wildfire northwest of Los Angeles known as the Maria fire.

They say firefighters are being helped by the cooler temperatures and lighter winds. Crews are checking buildings for damage.

The blaze has burned nearly 15 square miles (39 sq. kilometers) of dry brush and timber.

The fire began Oct. 31 during dry winds that fanned fires across the state.

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