Only a Few Dozen Fires in California Still Burning

A slurry bomber drops fire retardant on Pine Ridge late Thursday, July 10, 2008, 150 miles from Big Sur, Calif. (AP Photo/The Californian, Richard Green)
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San Francisco (AP) The fire situation in northern California is looking much better.

A month after lightning ignited firestorms and drove thousands of people from their homes, just 33 fires are still burning. There had been as many as 2,000.

The June 21st lightning storm ignited what officials called the largest fire event in California's history. Almost 1,500 square miles have been scorched.

Officials say most of the remaining fires are on federal land and pose little danger to homes.

But Junction City in rural Trinity County is still under an evacuation order. The wildfire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest continues to threaten the town of 800 residents.

And smoke is a lingering health problem across Northern California.