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Fire officials report progress


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fire officials report significant progress against the giant wildfire burning north of Los Angeles but are not willing to say they have the upper hand.

U.S. Forest Service incident commander Mike Dietrich says containment Tuesday rose from 5 percent to 22 percent. The fire area now covers 199 square miles.

Damage assessment teams report that the number of residences destroyed has been raised to 62 from the previous estimate of 53.

The Sheriff's Department says the number of homes under mandatory evacuation orders in its jurisdiction has been reduced to 4,000. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says another 2,000 in the city of Los Angeles also remain under mandatory orders.

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