California Fires Coming Under Control, Red Flag Warning Remains

By Wednesday night, firefighters in Southern California were gaining ground against the wildfires that had been affecting the area, forcing many horse owners to evacuate with their animals. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported the Marek fire was 92% contained with predictions of being fully contained by midnight, and the Sesnon fire was 50% contained. All evacuations were lifted and residents began the process of moving their horses home.

Los Angeles County Fire, L.A. County Sheriff and CAL Fire determined that the Sesnon fire was started by power lines that had fallen on dry brush in a drainage ditch in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The cause of the Marek fire is not yet determined.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received notification from the National Weather Service that weather is predicted to remain dry enough to constitute a "Red Flag Warning," which will remain in effect through late Friday. Residents are urged to remain on alert, report any signs of smoke or fire immediately, with an evacuation plan in place.

Read more about the fires' effect on horses.

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