California Wildfires Contained

Firefighters in southern California have contained the two brushfires that led to the deaths of two firefighters earlier this week.

The two blazes in the brushy region between Los Angeles and Palm Springs broke out Monday and quickly spread because of strong Santa Ana winds. In both of the fires, several hundred people were forced to flee their homes temporarily

"It's been pretty good today," said fire spokesman Ira Evans in Riverside County on Wednesday. "It's been warm, and humidity low, but the winds died down."

Both fires, covering almost 30,000 acres were contained around 6 p.m. PDT by 2,000 firefighters, reports CBS Affiliate KFMB-TV in San Diego.

The Mount Edna fire is expected to be fully under control by Saturday morning, while firefighters are in the process of getting the neighboring Taylor fire under control by Thursday night.

A pilot died when an air tanker fighting the blaze crashed in the Edna fire. That wildfire destroyed two structures and injured five other firefighters.

Another firefighter died of a heart attack in the Taylor fire, which destroyed a house and a mobile home.

Meanwhile, in San Diego County, authorities have tallied the damage from a smaller, but more destructive fire.

At least six homes under construction and three cars burned Tuesday.

The damage to the homes is estimated at $920,000, while the cars were about valued at $20,000.
  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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