Firefighters gain in battle with northern California blaze

Firefighting crews say cooler weather has allowed them to gain the upper hand on the Butte County wildfires, although they're not yet ready to declare the fight won.

Large areas of the burned region remain evacuated as a precaution, but the fire is now 65 percent contained and no additional homes have burned. Crews were able to establish a solid fire line along the West Branch of the Feather River, providing some security for the town of Paradise across the river, where evacuation orders were lifted Saturday.

"We were able to get some pretty significant work done last night," said CalFire spokesman Toby Edmonds. Even lighter winds are expected today, suggesting the worst of the fight is over. "It's starting to look that way, but I'm not going to jinx us."

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