SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Light winds and a break from the usual summer heat are helping fire crews gain control of an 83-acre wildfire that forced the temporary evacuation of three homes in the Sierra foothills of Northern California.

   State fire officials say the Murray Fire — in a steep, brushy area of Calaveras County — was 90 percent contained as of Tuesday night.

   Lisa Williams, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says crews were able to keep the fire from spreading Tuesday.

   The weather helped; temperatures stayed a bit lower than normal for this time of year and the winds remained light, which helped keep embers from spreading the flames.

   The blaze broke out Monday near San Andreas, about 50 miles northeast of Stockton.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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