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Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A truck and a street are covered in fire retardant dropped by an air tanker as crews battle a wildfire Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two weeks.

Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest.

The Holy Fire — named for Holy Jim Canyon where it began Monday — grew to nearly 30 square miles (77 square kilometers) after nearly doubling in size overnight. But firefighters also made progress, with containment doubling from 5 to 10 percent. (AP)

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