California firefighters are helped by favorable weather in the fight against wildfires

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Favorable weather early Wednesday helped fight a wildfire in California’s Gold Country that forced evacuations in two counties.

The Electra Fire’s size remained unchanged at about 6.1 square miles and containment doubled to 10%, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a daily report.

“Early morning moisture recovery moderated fire activity,” Cal Fire said.

The fire erupted Monday afternoon in the Sierra Nevada foothills, forcing evacuations in neighboring Amador Calaveras counties.

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Cal Fire said the number of threatened structures remained at 1,217, but there were no reports of destroyed or damaged structures. A firefighter was injured.

The weather in California helped firefighters deal with the massive wildfires.
(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The National Weather Service said nighttime infrared satellite images showed a “waning thermal signature” of the fire as relative humidity levels reached 75% to 90% and northerly winds were generally light. Westerly winds were expected in the afternoon.

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The fire broke out in a recreation area along a river where people were celebrating the 4th of July. The cause remains under investigation, but Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman said the location may suggest fireworks or a barbecue as the cause.

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