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Cooler weather could help contain California fires

Published on May 18, 2014 6:28 AM
A firefighter hoses flames at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Firefighters battling blazes in southern California expressed optimism Saturday that cooler weather headed into the area could help their containment efforts.

The fires have killed at least one person and forced the evacuation of thousands more over the past few days, including at a major Marine Corps base.

Following sweltering temperatures, the National Weather Service announced that much-needed relief was headed to the hard-hit San Diego area.

Greatest cooling would be felt near the coast on Saturday before spreading inland, it said.

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