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    AGUA DULCE, Calif. (AP) - A fast-moving fire that started in a
    ranch pasture 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles burned through
    2,100 acres of brushland Thursday, but no there were no reports of
    damage to structures.
    The fire was 30 percent contained by late afternoon.
    About 700 firefighters aided by water-dropping helicopters
    fought the afternoon blaze in rolling hills. One firefighter had a
    minor injury.
    The fire moved quickly because it was moving up a canyon and was
    in high grass, but it also left little behind to smolder and pose a
    continuing hazard, Los Angeles County fire Inspector Ed Osorio
    said.
    No homes were threatened by the blaze near the Sierra Highway
    and Angeles National Forest.
    Meanwhile, an 800-acre fire burning 10 miles south of Lake
    Isabella in Kern County was only 20 percent contained. It initially
    threatened 20 homes but no damage and no injuries were reported.
    There was concern, however, that if the fire continued to grow
    it would reach the neighboring Sequoia National Forest, home to
    some of the world's largest trees. About 250 firefighters were on
    the line, aided by eight water-dropping aircraft.
    Further north, a 6,400-acre wildfire about 30 miles northeast of
    Susanville in Lassen County was 30 percent contained after burning
    into Nevada. The blaze, which began Sunday, was on federal Bureau
    of Land Management property in a rocky, brushy high desert area
    that provides a habitat for mule deer, BLM spokesman Jeff Fontana
    said.
    Nearly 700 firefighters worked the lines and no structures were
    threatened. There were no reported injuries.
    "They got three hours of rain on the fire last night so that
    has slowed things down quite a bit," Fontana said. More
    thunderstorms were predicted.
    The blaze was the largest of 65 sparked by lightning in the
    region since the week began. The others ranged from individual
    trees to a 900-acre fire on a mountain 25 miles east of Susanville
    that was contained Wednesday.

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    TULELAKE, Calif. (AP) - A 4,000-acre blaze raged Sunday in the
    Modoc National Forest just south of here as erratic winds generated
    walls of flame that consumed grassland, sage and juniper,
    authorities said.
    As of Sunday night, the fire just south of the Oregon border in
    Modoc County was still raging but was not moving past fire lines
    set up by some 300 firefighters battling the inferno, said Cathleen
    Thompson of the U.S. Forest Service.
    "There is some active burning in the interior part of the fire,
    but the fire lines are holding," she said.
    Officials said the blaze, which began Saturday, may have been
    started by one of the more than 7,000 lightning strikes that have
    hit the area in the last couple of days.
    Thompson said no structures were threatened by the fire and no
    injuries had been reported.
    The blaze was one of several burning statewide. So far this
    season, about 80,000 acres have been destroyed.
    In rural San Jacinto in Riverside County, firefighters continued
    to battle a 4,300-acre blaze that destroyed one home and had
    prompted the evacuation of 200 others in the Poppet Flats and
    Silent Valley communities. Families returned to their homes
    Saturday. By Sunday evening the fire was 80 percent contained, said
    Joanne Evans, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry
    and Fire Protection-Riverside County Fire Department.
    She said firefighters expected to fully contain the blaze by
    Monday night.
    Some 1,200 firefighters, aided by six water-dropping helicopters
    and eight air tankers, battled the inferno Sunday. Two firefighters
    who suffered heat exhaustion were treated and released.
    Highway 243, which had been closed sporadically between Banning
    and Idyllwild since the fire began on Friday afternoon, was open
    with no restrictions as of Sunday night, Evans said.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a request by
    Gov. Gray Davis for money to partially reimburse the costs of
    fighting the Riverside County blaze.
    Evans said the estimated cost so far was $2.4 million.
    In Kern County, a 1,200-acre blaze near Lake Isabella was nearly
    surrounded after spreading into the Sequoia National Forest. The
    4-day-old blaze was heading away from groves of the forest's giant
    trees. Four fire fighters suffered minor injuries.
    In Agua Dulce in north Los Angeles County, a 2,000-acre fire was
    100 percent contained as of Sunday morning. There were no injuries
    or structural damage reported in the blaze. Nearby in Santa
    Clarita, a fire broke out Sunday afternoon and scorched 10 acres,
    charring one building and threatening others on the campus of The
    Master's College, before firefighters surrounded it.
    California's largest blaze, which destroyed about 7,790 acres of
    grass, sage and juniper in northern California's Lassen County,
    about 30 miles northeast of Susanville, was 100 percent contained
    as of Sunday morning, Thompson said. Two other smaller fires in the
    same area brought the total destroyed acreage to 8,010.

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    TULELAKE, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the Modoc National Forest
    jumped fire lines and grew to 9,600 acres Monday but was not
    threatening any structures, authorities said.
    Firefighters thought they had the fire contained Sunday, but it
    advanced under high-tension power lines where it was too dangerous
    to fight, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Bob Ramirez. The
    flames burning through grass, sage and juniper were only about four
    to six feet high, so the lines themselves were not endangered.
    Firefighters set a backfire Monday morning and believed they
    have a fire line around the blaze, Ramirez said, but won't call it
    contained until another review Tuesday.
    The fire flared Saturday afternoon, but is believed to have been
    a "sleeper" fire sparked by lightening more than a week ago, he
    said. It was headed toward the town of Tulelake until it was
    diverted by farmers' irrigated fields, he said.
    With few other major fires raging, firefighters were able to
    concentrate air tankers and helicopters on the blaze, but at a cost
    estimated at $545,000 by Sunday night.
    The fire was one of several burning statewide. So far this
    season, more than 80,000 acres have been burned.
    In rural San Jacinto in Riverside County, firefighters had the
    upper hand on a 4,300-acre blaze that destroyed one home and had
    prompted a temporary evacuation of 200 others in two hillside
    communities. The fire was 80 percent contained Sunday night, said
    Joanne Evans, California Department of Forestry spokeswoman.
    She said 1,200 firefighters expected to surround the blaze by
    Monday night. Two suffered heat exhaustion.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a request by
    Gov. Gray Davis for money to partially reimburse the costs of
    fighting the Riverside County blaze. Suppression costs are
    estimated at $2.4 million.
    In Kern County, a 1,200-acre fire near Lake Isabella was fully
    contained by 7 p.m. Monday after spreading into Sequoia National
    Forest. The 5-day-old blaze was heading away from groves of the
    forest's giant trees. Five firefighters were hurt.

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    TULELAKE, Calif. (AP) - About 675 firefighters worked Tuesday to
    surround a 9,940-acre blaze that burned grass, sage and juniper in
    the Modoc National Forest, authorities said.
    The fire was 80 percent contained, forest spokesman Lewis Haynes
    said. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.
    Haynes said he was expecting full containment by Thursday.
    However, firefighters were anticipating and preparing for lightning
    storms Wednesday that could spark more fires, he said.
    The fire flared Saturday afternoon, and is believed to have been
    a "sleeper" fire sparked by lightning on July 23, he said. It was
    headed toward the town of Tulelake until it was diverted by
    irrigated farm fields.
    The fire was the only major blaze burning out of control in the
    state Tuesday. Two others - a 1,002-acre fire near Lake Isabella in
    Kern County and a 4,300-acre blaze in San Jacinto in Riverside
    County - were contained late Monday. The Lake Isabella fire
    destroyed one cabin in a remote section of Thompson Canyon.
    In Kern County, the 5-day-old Basin fire destroyed a cabin and
    cost an estimated $2.1 million to fight. The fire reached the
    Sequoia National Forest, home to some of the world's largest trees,
    but never seriously threatened the redwood groves.
    The Kern County Arson Unit cited a camper for starting an
    illegal open fire that may have started the blaze, said U.S. Forest
    Services spokesman Martine Esparza.
    The camper's name was withheld, Esparza said, and if found
    responsible for starting the fire he would have to pay for
    suppression costs and any losses resulting from the fire.
    In Riverside County, the 4-day-old Canyon fire destroyed one
    home and prompted a temporary evacuation of 200 others in two
    hillside communities before it was contained. Two firefighters were
    treated for heat exhaustion. Suppression costs are estimated at
    $2.9 million and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

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    Developments Thursday in California wildfires:
    -A lightning storm sparked more than 40 small fires in the
    Stanislaus National Forest on Wednesday, but none were threatening
    structures. Most of the fires were burning in the 4,000-foot
    elevation range and were less than an acre in size. Several of the
    fires have been contained. Lightning sparked four other fires near
    the San Joaquin and Alameda county lines on Wednesday, including a
    92-acre blaze in south San Joaquin County. That fire burned one
    mobile home and has been 95 percent contained.
    -A 5-day-old wildfire in the Modoc National Forest was fully
    contained Thursday after burning 9,960 acres of sage, juniper and
    grass. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and two
    others for eye infections. The fire is believed to have been a
    "sleeper" fire sparked by lightning on July 23. The fire cost an
    estimated $2 million to fight. On Wednesday, a lighting storm
    sparked 14 small fires. The largest one grew to 11 acres.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire burned across nearly 100 acres of
    brush and chaparral in the Angeles National Forest Thursday. No
    injuries or structure damage were reported.
    The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. just north of a ranger
    station near Little Tujunga Road and quickly spread east into the
    forest.
    "It's in the vicinity of, but not immediately threatening,
    structures," said forest spokesman Stanton Florea.
    More than 180 firefighters battled the blaze, aided by four air
    tankers and four helicopters. One firefighter suffered minor
    injuries. There were no immediate reports of containment. The cause
    of the fire was under investigation.


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    AGUA DULCE, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire that charred 50 acres of
    brush in Angeles National Forest was contained Monday without
    causing any injuries or damage to buildings, authorities said.
    A number of firefighters remained to douse hot spots, said U.S.
    Forest Service spokeswoman Terrie Trippel. The cause of the blaze
    was under investigation.
    The fire began Sunday afternoon and quickly spread across an
    isolated canyon about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
    At its peak, about 100 firefighters, aided by water-dropping
    helicopters, battled the flames. The fire began near an area where
    another blaze charred 2,000 acres of pasture land last month.

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    REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire burning across grassland in
    the eastern Moreno Valley south of Redlands picked up in intensity
    Tuesday and blackened some 1,400 acres as some residents
    voluntarily evacuated their homes.
    The Riverside County fire, which was 30 percent contained,
    destroyed a mobile home, a moving van and two unidentified
    outbuildings on a ranch, said Rick Vogt, a spokesman for the
    California Department of Forestry. Officials had no estimate on
    when it would be fully contained.
    One firefighter was treated for a minor burn, and a citizen
    suffered a minor burn and smoke inhalation, Vogt said. The man did
    not seek medical attention.
    More than 650 firefighters from all surrounding fire agencies
    responded to the blaze.
    Authorities said the west side of the fire threatened various
    homes, but there were no mandatory evacuations. The Red Cross set
    up an evacuation center at the Cypress Elementary School in
    Redlands.
    The fire jumped San Timoteo Canyon Road to the north as well as
    Redlands Boulevard, a rural road between the Moreno Valley and
    Redlands, but both points were contained, Vogt said.
    The blaze, which started Monday afternoon about 70 miles east of
    Los Angeles, was originally expected to be contained by midday
    Tuesday. But as canyon winds picked up and the weather got hotter
    and drier, the fire increased in intensity, Vogt said.

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    REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire burning in the eastern Moreno
    Valley scorched an orange grove and destroyed several vehicles as
    it expanded to 1,668 acres before being contained Wednesday
    evening.
    A second blaze, north of Los Angeles near suburban Santa
    Clarita, charred about five acres Wednesday and threatened several
    homes before it was contained, authorities said. Its cause was
    under investigation, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman
    Edward Oforio said.
    The Moreno Valley blaze, which started Monday, was contained
    late Wednesday, said California Department of Forestry spokeswoman
    Joanne Evans.
    Since it began, the fire has destroyed a motor home, a moving
    van, at least two outbuildings on a ranch and at least 14 vehicles.
    About 150 orange trees were scorched Wednesday but not destroyed,
    Evans said.
    Two firefighters and a resident have been treated for minor
    injuries since the blaze began.

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    LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) - A driver stranded for about
    three days after his van plunged 500 feet off a mountain highway
    was rescued early Thursday by firefighters responding to a blaze he
    set to get attention.
    The man, who asked that his name and extent of injuries be
    withheld, was dehydrated but in fair condition at a hospital on
    Thursday evening.
    "He wants us to tell everybody that he's OK," said Connie
    Matthews, spokeswoman at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.
    The two-acre blaze in Angeles National Forest was reported
    shortly before 8 a.m. and Los Angeles County firefighters sent to
    battle it discovered the man trapped in the van, said Capt. Roland
    Sprewell.
    The van was lying on its side in brush far below Angeles Crest
    Highway, which rises quickly from the Los Angeles suburb of La
    Canada Flintridge into the San Gabriel Mountains.
    "This person has been here since Monday," Sprewell said.
    "It's very steep and treacherous terrain."
    The victim was strapped into a stretcher and hoisted by a
    helicopter out of the canyon, and the brush fire was doused within
    an hour.
    "I don't want to encourage people to start fires, but if you're
    trapped for four days you gotta do what you gotta do," said
    firefighter Jeff Ziegler, who helped rescue the man.
    Mathews said the man was "a little sketchy" on the details of
    the ordeal but that "he was able to start a fire so that he could
    alert people that he was there."
    Ziegler said the man suffered facial injuries and swelling that
    made communicating with him difficult.
    "He was in some pain and a little emotionally upset," Ziegler,
    39, said. "He was mostly just relieved to know that he would be
    going home."

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    EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire scorched about 200 acres in
    western Riverside County on Saturday, but fire officials were
    gaining the upper hand and expected to have it soon under control.
    The 199-acre blaze near Lake Mathews was started by "illegal
    shooting," said officials with the Riverside County Fire
    Department.
    The fire, which was first reported at 1:52 p.m., had threatened
    about 100 structures, but none were damaged, said the fire
    department's Maddy Lopez.
    The containment effort included more than 200 firefighters, 31
    engines, three helicopters and four air tankers, as well as seven
    tankers and two bulldozers on the ground.
    Fire officials expected to have the blaze contained by midnight
    and fully controlled by 8 a.m. Sunday. No evacuations were ordered,
    and no injuries were reported.
    Lake Mathews is about 10 miles southwest of Riverside.

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    Post Sierra Nevada wildfire

    (Truckee, California-AP) -- Firefighters gained again today on a
    100-acre wildfire that had threatened a Sierra Nevada community.
    California Department of Forestry spokesman Steve Mueller
    (mule-ur) says the fire that had threatened dozens of homes in the
    Tahoe Donner subdivision just west of Truckee was about 70 percent
    to 80 percent contained by this evening.
    He says the blaze was expected to be fully contained by early
    tomorrow morning.
    Investigators think the fire probably was caused by an illegal
    campfire yesterday just north of Interstate 80. An investigation
    continues into the blaze.
    A firebreak built by firefighters prevented flames from reaching
    any homes. No evacuations were ordered, and no damage or injuries
    were reported.
    Mueller says about 350 firefighters remained at the scene today.

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    Wildfires break out in four SoCal areas, homes destroyed

    (Undated-AP) -- Firefighters are battling four wildfires in
    Southern California.
    One fast-moving blaze has burned 600 acres and destroyed at
    least two homes in the Reche (REH'-chay) Canyon area of Riverside
    County.
    A California Department of Forestry spokeswoman says the blaze
    was reported at 4:11 this afternoon. Fire officials say in all,
    three structures have been destroyed. Voluntary evacuations are
    under way.
    Another brush fire in the hills above Burbank has burned about
    50 acres. A fire spokesman says there are voluntary evacuations but
    no structures are immediately threatened.
    A brush fire at Camp Pendleton has charred more than 500 acres.
    The Marine base says no injuries are reported and no structures are
    threatened.
    And a fire has scorched two-thousand acres near Fontana. No
    structures have been damaged.

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    MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Four wildfires broke out Tuesday
    throughout Southern California, including one fast-moving blaze
    that destroyed at least two homes in the Reche Canyon area of
    Riverside County, officials said.
    Fueled by unseasonably hot weather, other blazes struck Fontana,
    Camp Pendleton and the hills above Burbank.
    The blaze in Reche Canyon was reported at 4:11 p.m. and in less
    than three hours had burned at least 600 acres, said Becky Luther,
    a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry.
    Footage from KCBS-TV showed two homes consumed by flames. Three
    structures were destroyed, but authorities had no further details,
    Luther said.
    Residents in the area were told they could voluntarily evacuate
    their homes.
    About 230 firefighters were battling the blaze Tuesday night
    with 33 fire engines, two bulldozers, two water pumpers and eight
    hand crews, officials said.
    The origin of the fire was unknown. There were no reports of
    injury. The fire was burning in a rural enclave in northern
    Riverside County.
    To the northeast, another wildfire scorched 2,000 acres at the
    far north end of Fontana in San Bernardino County. The blaze, which
    erupted about 2:22 p.m. had flames up to 70 feet high and was
    burning up a slope and away from homes, said Bill Peters, a CDF
    spokesman.
    The origin of the fire was under investigation.
    No structures had been burned and there were no reports of
    injury.
    The fire was burning in thick vegetation that had not burned in
    25 years, Peters said.
    In the hills above Burbank, a wildfire of suspicious origin
    burned 50 acres and led to voluntary evacuations, said Dave Starr,
    a spokesman for the Burbank Fire Department.
    The fire was reported at 3:42 p.m. and was being fought by more
    than 100 firefighters, Starr said.
    Residents were told they could voluntarily evacuate as a
    precaution, but no structures were immediately threatened, Starr
    said.
    The blaze was burning in thick vegetation in an area that had
    not burned in 20 years, Starr said.
    Burbank firefighters were joined by personnel from Glendale,
    Pasadena and Los Angeles city and county fire departments.
    A brush fire at Camp Pendleton burned more than 500 acres in an
    uninhabited area used for training exercises. The Marine base said
    there were no injuries reported, and no structures were threatened.
    About 150 firefighters from the California Department of
    Forestry, Camp Pendleton fire department and other agencies were
    battling the blaze in the northeastern section of the base.
    Fire authorities said the blaze started in a training range
    shortly before noon, apparently sparked by some kind of ammunition
    used in military exercises.
    Camp Pendleton, in a statement, gave no estimate of when the
    fire might be contained.

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    Arson blamed in Reche Canyon fire, homes destroyed

    (Undated-AP) -- Fire officials say a wildfire that has destroyed
    six homes in Moreno Valley in Riverside County was no accident.
    A California Department of Forestry spokeswoman says
    investigators have determined it was an arson fire.
    The blaze broke out after four this afternoon. It has burned at
    least 850 acres and is just 15 percent contained.
    Evacuations have been ordered in the rural Reche Canyon area.
    Another wildfire has charred two-thousand acres at the far north
    end of Fontana in San Bernardino County. No structures have burned.
    A wildfire of suspicious origin burned 80 acres in the hills
    above Burbank. No structures were damaged.
    And a brush fire has burned more than a-thousand acres in an
    uninhabited area of Camp Pendleton. No injuries are reported and no
    structures are threatened.


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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four wildfires broke out Tuesday throughout
    Southern California, including one fast-moving arson blaze that
    destroyed six homes in the Reche Canyon area of Riverside County,
    officials said.
    Fueled by unseasonably hot weather, other blazes struck Fontana,
    Camp Pendleton and the hills above Burbank.
    The blaze in Reche Canyon was reported at 4:11 p.m. and by 11
    p.m. had burned at least 1,000 acres and was 15 percent contained,
    said Becky Luther, a spokeswoman for the California Department of
    Forestry.
    The fire destroyed six homes and investigators determined that
    it was an arson fire, Luther said.
    Evacuations were ordered for residents in the rural enclave in
    northern Riverside County and they were directed to a nearby high
    school for shelter, she said.
    More than 600 firefighters were battling the blaze Tuesday night
    with 55 fire engines, 11 bulldozers, five water pumpers and 24 hand
    crews, officials said.
    There were no reports of injury.
    To the northeast, another wildfire scorched 2,000 acres at the
    far north end of Fontana in San Bernardino County. The blaze, which
    erupted about 2:22 p.m., was burning up a slope and away from
    homes, said Bill Peters, a CDF spokesman.
    No structures had been burned and there were no reports of
    injury.
    The fire, which was in thick vegetation that had not burned in
    25 years, was under investigation, Peters said.
    In the hills above Burbank, a wildfire of suspicious origin
    burned about 100 acres and temporarily led to voluntary
    evacuations, said Dave Starr, a spokesman for the Burbank Fire
    Department.
    The fire was reported at 3:42 p.m. and was being fought late
    Tuesday night by about 50 firefighters, Starr said.
    No structures were immediately threatened and fire officials
    expected to have the blaze fully contained by about noon Wednesday,
    Starr said.
    The blaze was in an area that had not burned in 20 years, Starr
    said. It was about 50 percent contained by 11 p.m. Tuesday.
    Burbank firefighters were joined by personnel from Glendale,
    Pasadena and Los Angeles city and county fire departments.
    A brush fire at Camp Pendleton burned more than 1,000 acres in
    an uninhabited area used for training exercises. The Marine base
    said there were no injuries reported, and no structures were
    threatened.
    About 180 firefighters from the California Department of
    Forestry, Camp Pendleton fire department and other agencies were
    battling the blaze in the northeastern section of the base.
    Fire authorities said the blaze started in a training range
    shortly before noon, apparently sparked by some kind of ammunition
    used in military exercises.
    Camp Pendleton, in a statement, gave no estimate of when the
    fire might be contained.
    Southern California has experienced triple digit temperatures in
    recent days as record highs were set across the region. Warm
    temperatures are expected to continue over the next few days.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 2,000-acre brush fire at Camp Pendleton led
    to the evacuation of 200 nearby residents Wednesday in one of
    several blazes across Southern California that firefighters tried
    to stop before Santa Ana winds arrive.
    Hundreds of firefighters had to cope with high temperatures that
    helped spur five wildfires, burning more than 6,800 acres. The
    region has had record, triple-digit temperatures, and warm weather
    is expected to continue the next few days.
    Officials also were bracing for the season's first Santa Ana
    winds, which could help the fires spread, said Bill Hoffer, a
    weather service specialist. The winds were expected to begin
    Wednesday night.
    "It lowers relative humidities. It causes a real drying
    effect," he said.
    The Camp Pendleton brush fire affected residents of De Luz
    Canyon, just east of the military installation, said Jeff Wenger, a
    base spokesman.
    Residents were asked, not ordered, to evacuate - but most
    decided to leave.
    "The fire was just one ridge away," Wenger said.
    Officials said the blaze started on a training range about noon
    Tuesday, apparently sparked by ammunition used in military
    exercises. Camp Pendleton is about 50 miles north of San Diego.
    Meanwhile, a blaze in the Reche Canyon area of Riverside County
    that began Tuesday afternoon destroyed three homes, said Jane
    Scribner of the California Department of Forestry. It had burned
    about 2,360 acres and was 40 percent contained, she said. Crews
    were expected to contain it by Friday.
    Fire officials initially said six homes were destroyed in the
    area but revised figures Wednesday.
    "Everything is gone," said Guy Lagard, whose mobile home was
    burned. "Seventeen years. All I have left is the clothes on my
    back. The flames were leaping up the slope. ... The wind was so
    strong and the fire was so intense."
    About 100 other homes were still threatened. Property damage was
    estimated at $2 million, Scribner said.
    To the northeast, another wildfire had charred 2,400 acres at
    the north end of Fontana in San Bernardino County but was burning
    away from homes, said fire spokeswoman Tricia Abbas. The cause had
    not been determined. No injuries or damage was reported.
    Also Wednesday, a fire quickly scorched about five acres and
    burned uphill in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, said county
    Fire Capt. Mark Savage. No structures were threatened, he said.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities ordered hundreds of residents of
    a Southern California community to evacuate Thursday as a wildfire
    threatened to cut off their only escape route.
    The 2,500-acre wildfire was one of several in the region that
    firefighters were trying to contain before hot Santa Ana winds
    forecast to sweep through this weekend make the job tougher.
    Wildfires in Southern California this week have destroyed five
    homes and chewed through about 8,000 acres.
    The fire in the San Bernardino National Forest did not
    immediately threaten homes in the Lytle Creek area, 55 miles east
    of Los Angeles, but the evacuation was ordered because the area's
    1,000-plus residents could have been trapped by the approaching
    flames, said Bill Peters, a spokesman for the California Department
    of Forestry.
    The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter in Fontana for people
    displaced by the fire, which was 17 percent contained Thursday.
    Arson was blamed for the fire, but no arrests had been made.
    At the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, 50 miles north of San
    Diego, firefighters were battling a 2,772-acre brush fire that was
    threatening 300 nearby homes, state forestry spokeswoman Roxanne
    Provaznik said. Residents were asked to evacuate but as of Thursday
    afternoon, none had sought refuge at a shelter set up in Fallbrook.
    Fire officials said the fire started on a training range
    Tuesday, apparently sparked by ammunition used in military
    exercises. Firefighters have been unable to enter the southwestern
    area of the fire because it could be littered with unexploded
    ordnance, Provaznik said.
    The fire was 28 percent contained, but officials had no estimate
    on full containment.
    In Riverside County, firefighters allowed evacuated residents to
    return after closing in on a 2,390-acre fire that destroyed five
    homes.
    "Nothing; there's not one thing," Kim Peterson told the Los
    Angeles Times as she inspected the remains of her father's damaged
    trailer in the hills south of Loma Linda, about 70 miles east of
    Los Angeles.
    Peterson's 85-year-old father tried to fight the flames and
    sustained second-degree burns. She said rummaging through the
    burned rubble was especially painful because her mother's ashes,
    which had been kept inside the trailer, were lost in the fire.
    The blaze in Reche Canyon, started by an arsonist Tuesday,
    damaged three other homes and burned a barn, 21 outbuildings, a
    boat and several vehicles. State forestry Capt. Rick Vogt said the
    fire was 80 percent contained Thursday.

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    Engine 101, Engine 702, OES Engine 220, Water Tender 101 have all been deployed to assist at the Grand Prix fire and the Simi fire

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