Southern California wildfire 75 percent contained

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Posted: Nov 17, 2009 2:33 PM

A 245-acre wildfire in coastal mountains of Southern California was 75 percent contained Tuesday, Orange County authorities said. No homes were threatened.

The blaze, ignited when a tractor knocked over a power pole on Monday, was expected to be fully surrounded by evening, county Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown said.

More than 290 firefighters and one helicopter were working the fire, focusing on mop-up after significant overnight progress, McKeown said.

The National Weather Service reported low humidity levels but calm or light winds in the area. Highs were expected to reach the upper 70s after overnight lows in the 30s.

The fire burned east of Ortega Highway and well outside the coastal cities of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente.