Strong winds hinder efforts to contain wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO — A series of red flag warnings remained in effect until early Wednesday, raising concerns for fire officials about containing two major wildfires in Northern California.

Strong winds, coupled with low humidity, stalled efforts to stop the once-massive Ponderosa Fire, which remained at 96 percent containment, state fire spokeswoman Julie Hutchinson said.

“We have a line almost completely around it, but it’s not a secure line,” Hutchinson said.

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