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Jul 16, 2014 1:58 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Weather helps fight against California wildfire

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are helping firefighters battling a wildfire that is threatening dozens of homes in rural Northern California.

The Bully Fire in Shasta County, which authorities blame on marijuana-growing activity, had burned through more than 13 and ½ square miles, or 8,700 acres, as of Wednesday morning. But crews increased containment to 35 percent, up from 20 percent the previous day.

State fire spokesman Dennis Mathisen says the fire is threatening 55 homes around the community of Igo, some of which remain under mandatory evacuation orders. Eight homes have been destroyed.

Mathisen says the weather began changing on Tuesday after days of hot, dry conditions.

A 27-year-old Sacramento man has been arrested and accused of recklessly causing the fire when the exhaust from his truck ignited dry grass while he was delivering material to a pot site.

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