GILROY, Calif. (AP) — Calmer, cooler weather helped firefighters get a handle Sunday on a destructive wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has brought a fierce start to the state's fire season.

Easing winds and lower temperatures helped keep the blaze from spreading after flames charred more than 3,900 acres and destroyed at least 29 homes since Thursday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.

The fire was about 60 percent contained Sunday evening and was expected to be fully surrounded by early next week, fire officials said. The blaze still threatened 550 homes.