Hotter days bring bigger wildfire challenges to West

Firefighters douse a hillside under State Route 2 after a brush fire swept through threatening homes in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Los Angeles firefighters say they have contained the fire in the densely populated neighborhood along a freeway. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire that for days has threatened hundreds of homes and popular seaside campgrounds near Santa Barbara was half-surrounded and held in check, though firefighters were about to face the hottest day yet and the kind of dry, torrid conditions prevailing from the West Coast all the way to New Mexico.

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