Firefighters get weather break, begin to control Calif. fire

For the first time in weeks, firefighters battling wind-driven fires in California's Butte County are getting a break Saturday from Mother Nature.

Favorable weather conditions, calmer winds and clearer skies are expected to help firefighters contain the series of lightning-caused fires that has scorched 49,500 acres in the rugged terrain east of Paradise since June 21, fire officials said.

"Things are looking a lot better, but we are not out of the woods yet," Cal Fire spokesman Justin Scribner said.

The Butte Lightning Complex fire, which so far has destroyed 50 homes and claimed one life, was 55 percent contained Saturday morning, officials said.

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