Firefighters battle the Saddle Ridge wildfire fire in Porter Ranch, LA [Gene Blevins/Reuters] [Daylife]

Firefighters have tightened their grip on a deadly California wildfire burning with subdued fury after extremely dry desert winds that had stoked the flames gave way to moister, gentler breezes blowing in from the Pacific.

The so-called Saddleridge fire, which erupted on Thursday night and raced across the northern edge of Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, had scorched nearly 3,237 hectares (8,000 acres) by Sunday but was mostly confined to foothills and canyons away from populated areas, fire officials said.

As of Sunday morning, firefighters had managed to carve containment lines around 41 percent of the fire’s perimeter, more than double the containment level reported a day earlier as

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