With a little help from mother nature, firefighters are gaining ground on a 36,000-acre wildfire north of Los Angeles. The reappearance of mostly blue skies over more than 50 square miles of blackened terrain in the Angeles National Forest signals the progress made against the blaze. Earlier in the week, the greater Los Angeles area was bathed in a smoky haze from the fire. The fire is 65% contained. Aided by increasingly cool, damp weather thousands of firefighters worked on improving their line of defense at Mount Baldy Village, a rustic mountain hamlet near the fire. The state´s other major wildfire, in Northern California´s Santa Cruz County, is 90% contained, with full containment expected by this evening. It has destroyed 31 homes, damaged six others, and blackened 3,150 acres since it began Monday.