- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the wildfire situation in California (all times local):

1 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says California’s wildfire season could be more severe than last year, with nearly 30,000 acres already burned.

Feinstein commented Thursday as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and firefighters with other agencies work to contain fires that have erupted around the state.

The winter’s heavy rains spawned heavy growth that has dried out in an early summer heat wave and is ready to burn.

Feinstein says the overabundance of that fuel along with the millions of trees that died during years of drought has created what she calls “a potentially catastrophic scenario.”

Among active new blazes are a 700-acre wildfire burning on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base and in neighboring San Clemente and a 630-acre blaze on the Mariposa County foothills of the western Sierra Nevada.

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Weather is aiding California firefighters battling a 700-acre (283-hectare) wildfire burning on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base and in neighboring San Clemente.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz says the blaze is just 10 percent contained Thursday morning but damp ocean air moved in overnight and raised humidity levels, slowing the fire’s pace to a crawl.

Some of the 200 firefighters on the scene are providing protection for nearby neighborhoods but there are no evacuations.

California’s largest fire, covering nearly 10 square miles (26 sq. kilometers) in Riverside County, is 86 percent contained.

A 400-acre (162-hectare) fire in Mariposa County on the western Sierra foothills is 10 percent surrounded.

In Los Angeles County, fires that flared dangerously close to Hollywood Hills and Burbank homes have been knocked down.


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