- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters gained more ground Thursday against two of California’s big wildfires as forecasters predicted the onset of statewide warming with high temperatures in interior areas.

The 109-square-mile blaze burning for three weeks in the Big Sur region south of Monterey Bay was 55 percent contained after minimal overnight activity.

More than 400 structures remained threatened by the blaze that has destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings and damaged three residences.

One person has been killed in a bulldozer accident and three other injuries have been reported since the fire was ignited by an illegal campfire on July 22.

In the inland region 60 miles east of Los Angeles, firefighters established containment lines around 70 percent of a 12-square-mile forest fire between Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains and the city of Hesperia in the high desert to the north.

Voluntary evacuation advisories for areas of Hesperia, Apple Valley and Summit Valley were lifted but all mountain-area closures remained in effect. Pacific Crest Trail also remained closed through the area.

A trough of low pressure that kept many areas of California cooler than normal for days was moving away and forecasts called for a statewide warm-up with triple digit temperatures in the Central Valley and other interior areas by the weekend.

The National Weather Service said a high pressure ridge building into the state from the southwest would remain in control through the middle of next week.

Temperatures were predicted to be above normal virtually everywhere. Forecasters noted, for example, that visitors to Yosemite National Park during the weekend should expect highs near the century mark in Yosemite Valley.

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