Homes saved from wildfires

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California firefighters saved nearly 2,000 homes from a powerful wildfire that burned up to the edges of suburban canyon neighborhoods. Crews hosed down blazing trees within a few feet of homes and one residence was damaged shifting winds sent flames away from neighborhoods in and around the city of Corona, which is southeast of Los Angeles.

More than 500 firefighters, aided by helicopters and planes, beat back the flames in mostly favorable conditions allowing for aggressive attacks on Tuesday, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said.

The fire was 15 percent contained, but some 1,900 structures were still threatened, authorities said.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a fast-moving grass fire threatened about 50 buildings, including some homes, and prompted some evacuations. But fire crews quickly stopped its advance.