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Firefighters fight 11 fires across state

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">A wildfire threatens to jump a road in unincorporated Santa Cruz County on Aug. 14.  (Noah Berger)</span></div>
August 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
There is no rest this weekend for firefighters battling nearly a dozen wildfires across the state. The largest is in the mountains of Santa Cruz. A blaze is burning in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County.

Winds were helping crews beat back a week-old wildfire in northern Santa Barbara County that investigators say was started by a camp fire used by marijuana growers.

The fire was 60 percent contained Sunday morning. The blaze has burned nearly 134 square miles of timber and brush.

A fire north of Sacramento in Yuba County has grown dramatically, destroying two homes.

More than 7,000 firefighters are hard at work trying to get control of the 11 fires.

Officials say crews battling the Santa Cruz County fire caught a break when the winds died down, allowing them to gain some ground. Two thousand people have been evacuated.

The fire has consumed 7,000 acres and is now nearly 50-percent contained.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-California, has declared a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County and thanked firefighters for what has become a year-round job.

"There really is no more fire season," said Gov. Schwarzenegger. "The fires start early on of the year. We've seen, as I've said, 5,000 fires so far. That's a lot of fires."

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