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Lilac fire is 20 percent contained; Santa Ana winds to pick back up

 

Last updated 12/9/2017 at Noon

Dean Wilson of Diamond Fire in Sutherlin Oregon, helps put out any lingering hot spots a day after the Lilac Fire destroyed a number of homes in the Rancho Monserate community, Dec. 7. Shane Gibson photo.

The Lilac fire which scorched 41,000 acres and destroyed at least 105 structures was about 20 percent contained three days after it broke out, but firefighters still had a long way to go in getting the blaze fully under control.

"This morning, whether will be favorable," a news release from CAL FIRE San Diego says. "However, this afternoon shifting winds are predicted which will create active fire throughout the day."

The Santa Ana winds have wreaked havoc across Southern California and have been a leading cause in the spread of numerous fires that have broken out since last week.

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