Wildfire grows, spoiling LA-area holiday plans

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 2:00 AM

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — About 300 firefighters are on the ground, while half a dozen water-dropping helicopters and a DC-10 tanker are in the air battling a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles.

The blaze broke out near a campground yesterday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of campers and picnickers. It's grown to more than 4,100 acres, or roughly 6 square miles. Fire officials estimate it is just five percent contained.

Crews are getting some help from the weather, with only light winds blowing. The flames are moving deeper into a wilderness area away from any structures.

The cause is under investigation.

Another wildfire broke out Sunday in Ventura County in the Los Padres National Forest. Forest Service firefighters stopped its growth after it burned about 30 acres.

And in Northern California, firefighters are focusing on the rugged and remote northern edge of a fire that's been burning for weeks in Mendocino County. More than 1,600 firefighters are trying to contain the blaze. It's burned more than 65 square miles and is about 58 percent contained.

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267-a-04-(L'Tanga (lah-TAHN'-jah) Watson, forest staff officer, Angeles National Forest, in AP interview)-"of that fire"-L'Tanga Watson, with Angeles National Forest, says air and ground crews are working the fire. (3 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *267 (09/03/12)>> 00:04 "of that fire"

266-a-06-(L'Tanga (lah-TAHN'-jah) Watson, forest staff officer, Angeles National Forest, in AP interview)-"about 15 years"-L'Tanga Watson, with Angeles National Forest, says the fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain. (3 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *266 (09/03/12)>> 00:06 "about 15 years"

265-a-08-(L'Tanga (lah-TAHN'-jah) Watson, forest staff officer, Angeles National Forest, in AP interview)-"from the air"-L'Tanga Watson, with Angeles National Forest, says ground crews are getting a lot of help on the fire. (3 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *265 (09/03/12)>> 00:08 "from the air"

APPHOTO CAJR104: A hand crew looks on from a burnt hillside as firefighters fight a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, Calif., Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. A day after the wildfire broke out near a campground and forced the evacuation of thousands of campers and picnickers it had grown to more than 4,100 acres, or roughly 6 square miles, and was just five percent contained. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond) (3 Sep 2012)

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APPHOTO CAJR109: A firefighting helicopter drops water on a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, Calif. Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. A day after the wildfire broke out near a campground and forced the evacuation of thousands of campers and picnickers it had grown to more than 4,100 acres, or roughly 6 square miles, and was just five percent contained. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond) (3 Sep 2012)

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APPHOTO LA102: In this Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 photo, a DC-10 tanker drops fire retardant on a ridge line at fire above East Fork Rd. near Glendora, Calif., in the Angeles National Forest. The wildfire has cut short the Labor Day holiday weekend for thousands of visitors who flock to the popular recreational attraction. The fire broke out near a campground Sunday afternoon and quickly grew to 3,600 acres, or about 5½ square miles. It sent a huge cloud of smoke that could be seen from the coast to the desert inland. (AP Photo/Rick McClure) (2 Sep 2012)

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APPHOTO CAWES102: A female inmate fire crew hikes up to the fire line as they continue working on the Williams Fire that has scorched over 4,000 acres near Glendora, Calif., Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Keith Durflinger) (3 Sep 2012)

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