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Updated: 5/04/2013 5:16 pm
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) -- A big cool-down in weather is calming a huge wildfire burning in Southern California's coastal mountains, and firefighters are working to cut miles of containment lines while conditions are favorable.

High winds and withering hot, dry air have been replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity.

The 43-square-mile blaze at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains is now 30 percent surrounded.

Nearly 1,900 firefighters are using engines, bulldozers and aircraft to corral the blaze.

The fire broke out near Camarillo (kam-uh-REE-oh) Thursday morning. Flames have threatened thousands of homes since then but only 15 have been damaged.

The National Weather Service says an approaching low pressure system would bring a 20 percent chance of showers Sunday afternoon, with the likelihood increasing into the night and on Monday.

AP-WF-05-04-13 2333GMT

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