August 4, 1997 in Nation/World

Crews Gain In Fight Against 2 Wildfires

From Staff And Wire Reports

Firefighters battling triple-digit temperatures, poison oak and rattlesnakes began to gain the upper hand on wildfires across Southern California on Sunday, as new blazes erupted elsewhere in the region.

In all, seven fires were burning and had consumed at least 1,370 acres by late Sunday.

The largest fire, a 720-acre blaze in the San Diego County community of Ramona, was 75 percent contained with full control expected tonight, said Audrey Hagen, a California Department of Forestry spokeswoman. Downed power lines started the fire Friday, Hagen said.

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