Southern California Wildfire Now 40 Percent Contained

Cal Fire firefighters extinguish hotspots while fighting the Soberanes Fire in Palo Colorado Canyon on the northern Big Sur Coast on Tuesday July 26, 2016 in Big Sur, Calif. California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state's two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Royal/The Monterey County Herald via AP)
Cal Fire firefighters extinguish hotspots while fighting the Soberanes Fire in Palo Colorado Canyon on the northern Big Sur Coast on Tuesday July 26, 2016 in Big Sur, Calif. California’s signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state’s two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Royal/The Monterey County Herald via AP)

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

6:55 a.m.

The fire command says the huge blaze in northern Los Angeles County is now 40 percent surrounded.

The wildfire grew slightly overnight to nearly 60 square miles. A handful of neighborhoods remain evacuated Wednesday morning.

The fire erupted Friday afternoon in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Eighteen homes have been destroyed.

To the north, officials say some 2,000 homes remain threatened by a fire in the scenic Big Sur region that has charred nearly 37 square miles of brush. That blaze is just 10 percent contained.

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6:30 a.m.

A scenic stretch of California’s Highway 1 is open, but state parks near Big Sur remain closed as crews try to beat back a destructive wildfire that threatens to crest a ridge and make a run toward coastal campgrounds, lodges and redwoods.

Firefighters working around the clock got a break early Wednesday from cooler temperatures and increased humidity. The blaze that has destroyed 20 homes and charred 36 square miles of brush was only 10 percent contained late Tuesday.

To the south, firefighters continue to make progress containing a huge blaze in mountains outside Los Angeles. Crews face another day of temperatures in the 90s to low 100s as they fight the fire that has destroyed 18 homes near Santa Clarita.

SOURCE: The Associated Press