July 31, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - The weather's helping crews struggling to contain a 1,500-acre wildfire burning in the mountains north of Los Angeles.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy says the wind is blowing flames southward - back into areas that already have burned. That's allowing some 600 firefighters to continue carving out a perimeter while more than a dozen aircraft dump water and retardant.
The fire northeast of Castaic is 15 percent contained.
The blaze earlier threatened several hundred homes in the community of Green Valley but by early Friday none remain in immediate danger.
However, Judy says that situation could change if the winds shift direction.
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