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Fire crews gain the upper hand in the Colby Wildfire

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Firefighters in Southern California are getting the upper hand on a destructive wildfire. But thousands of people remain out of their homes and there's fear from authorities this could be just the start.

Incident Commander Mike Wakoski described how crews are fighting the fire, "today the bull dozer crews and air tankers will be diligently extinguishing the fire working to pin it down... things are progressing nicely".

Fire crews getting the upper hand on the big wildfire that broke out in the foothill suburbs Northeast of Los Angeles. Today they turned their attention to the fires North end to keep the flames from moving further into the Angeles National Forest.

Three men in their 20's were arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting the fire by tossing paper into a campfire in the forest above Glendora.  The men claimed they were trying to keep warm around a campfire when a breeze kicked up and started the wildfire.

Local residents do believe that the men are not arsonists and that they were trying to start a campfire and it was not intentional.

Not helping with the fire the extreme drought conditions throughout the state. Today Governor Jerry Brown declaring a drought emergency asking residents to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 20 percent. "We're facing perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen since records began being kept about a hundred years ago" said Brown.

"Hopefully it will rain eventually but in the meantime we have to do our part... make it easier to transfer water from one part of the state to the other so that farmers, particularly those with permanent crops can keep them alive" said Brown.

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