Firefighters In Stalemate Against Calif. Wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Firefighters are making slow progress against more than a thousand wildfires burning throughout Northern California as the region braces for more lightning storms.

Authorities reported no new major fires Sunday morning and said fire crews had inched closer to getting some of the largest blazes surrounded.

But a "red flag warning" - meaning the most extreme fire danger - was still in effect for Northern California until 5 a.m. Monday.

Forecasters were predicting more thunderstorms and dry lightning
similar to the ones that ignited hundreds of fires a week ago.

A spokesman for the state Office of Emergency Services said the blazes have scorched more than 556 square miles and destroyed more
than 50 buildings.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-29-08 1317EDT

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