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#18 Time-lapse shows the moments blaze erupted in the California hills

Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.

The Holy Fire was 41 percent contained Sunday afternoon after burning across 35.5 square miles (92 kilometers) of dry timber and brush, said Lynne Tolmachoff of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

'The weather out here in California seems to be cooling down today and over the next couple days, and that should hopefully help firefighters get even more containment,' Tolmachoff said. 'They should make better progress over the next couple of days.'

Dramatic time-lapse footage captured the moments the fire erupted in the hills above Orange County. 

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service released a new map showing smoke from the wildfires will be lofted into the air and carried 3,000 miles to the East Coast where it may subtly affect health. 

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