Two more California wildfires contained

SAN DIEGO — Two more fires in San Diego County were declared contained Sunday, the latest good news for Southern California as it enters its second week dealing with an outbreak of wildfires that has destroyed more than half a million acres across seven counties.

The Rice fire near Fallbrook and the Horno fire at Camp Pendelton were fully contained, officials said. Cooler, moist air gave firefighters a break.

“We’re making very good headway,” Capt. Phil Rawlings, of the state fire agency CalFire said Sunday by telephone. “We’re cautiously optimistic.”

Rawlings was watching the Santiago fire in Orange County, at 50 percent containment, up from 40 percent Saturday. There was no estimate for when it would be fully contained.

There are currently seven fires burning, CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said. As of Sunday morning, 516,356 acres had been burned and 2,767 homes and other structures had been destroyed. More than 15,235 firefighters were engaged and 1,551 fire engines in use, he said.

The only active blaze in San Diego is the Poomacha Fire, officials said. It threatens about 500 homes.

The blaze has burned through 49,150 acres and is 50 percent contained with full containment expected Wednesday, officials said. It has destroyed 136 homes and 19 outbuildings and injured 18 firefighters.

About 2,100 firefighters will tackle the blaze, which has cost $5.2 million to battle. It was caused by a house fire.

The Witch Fire, one of the largest of several dozen that moved through Southern California in the past week, has burned 197,990 acres and was said to be 90 percent contained Sunday morning. Officials said they were hoping for containment by Tuesday and full control by Saturday.

The blaze has destroyed 1,040 homes, 30 businesses and damaged 70 homes and 10 businesses. There were 36 firefighters and two civilians injured and two deaths.

Approximately 2,800 firefighters are fighting the blaze, which has cost $11.3 million to battle. The cause of that fire is under investigation.

The Harris Fire in San Diego has burned through 90,750 acres and is 65 percent contained, with full containment expected Wednesday and full control expected by next Sunday. The blaze has destroyed 206 homes and damaged 250 other homes and 247 outbuildings.

Thirty-two firefighters and 21 civilians have been injured and five people have died in the fire. About 2,500 firefighters are working the blaze, which has cost $9.7 million to fight. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Outside San Diego, the Slide Fire, which chewed through nearly 13,000 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest, is expected to be contained by Tuesday, fire officials said Sunday.

The fire is 75 percent contained — up from 65 percent Saturday night.

Cooler weather, which has greatly aided firefighters, is expected to continue Monday, with winds at 5 mph to 10 mph.

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