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After four days on the fire lines, they are hot, exhausted, dirty, thirsty and spread way too thin for their own comfort.

But the nearly 8,900 firefighters battling 18 blazes in Southern California got a slight break on Wednesday as the humidity rose slightly and the Santa Ana winds shifted and died down a bit.

The relentless westward march of the most devastating Witch and Harris fires in San Diego County halted as the wind began blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean. Some evacuated neighborhoods in San Diego reopened,state fire officials said.

But the change also meant the firefighters had to quickly shift their resources and focus in the battle against three major fires, including a "very precarious" threat to power lines that connect San Diego to the nation's electrical grid.

In Los Angeles County, firefighters gained ground, containing three major fires. Read full article »

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