Aggressive firefighters protect Southern California suburbs

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Posted: Sep 27, 2017 2:58 AM
Aggressive firefighters protect Southern California suburbs

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California firefighters saved nearly 2,000 homes from a powerful wildfire that burned up to the edges of suburban canyon neighborhoods.

Crews hosed down blazing trees within a few feet of homes but shifting winds sent flames away from neighborhoods in and around the city of Corona just outside of Anaheim.

More than 500 firefighters, aided by helicopters and planes, beat back the flames in mostly favorable conditions Tuesday allowing for aggressive attacks.

In Northern California, a 20-acre fire in Oakland was about 50 percent contained after threatening about 50 buildings and prompting evacuations.