REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews have made gains against a wildfire that has been burning for more than a month in Shasta County, where it destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and killed eight people.

The California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection says the blaze burning in and around Redding is 93 percent contained as of Wednesday.

The blaze that was sparked on July 23 by the rim of a flat tire It has charred 359 square miles (929 square kilometers). It displaced 38,000 people but officials last week lifted all evacuation orders.

In Southern California, firefighters aided by slightly cooler temperatures continued to make progress against a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through the Cleveland National Forest. The blaze is at least 90 percent contained.


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