- Associated Press - Sunday, August 1, 2010

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters nearly have contained a wildfire smoldering in the high desert north of Los Angeles.

The fire has charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the Antelope Valley. It was 82 percent contained Sunday morning.

Good weather in neighboring Kern County helped firefighters build containment lines around two wildfires that destroyed homes in remote mountain communities earlier in the week.

Officials said a fire near Tehachapi that destroyed 23 homes and charred 2½ square miles of heavy brush was expected to be fully contained Sunday.

To the north, a blaze that destroyed eight residences as it spread across about 26 square miles of the Sequoia National Forest in the Sierra Nevada was 85 percent contained.