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Winds, which had propelled a 14,760-acre wildfire on the eastern fringe of the Sierra Nevada 62-miles northeast of Sonora, eased today.

Two P-3 air tankers joined in the firefighting effort along with 799 firefighters, 49 engines, and six helicopters. The Cannon Fire, which has threatened the small community of Walker, was only 15 percent contained today. Full containment is not expected for another nine days.

There are eight large California wildfires occupying firefighters today.

A serious new blaze is at Mount Laguna in eastern San Diego County. The fire was first reported late this morning and has destroyed three homes. About 400 firefighters are battling the 750-acre blaze about 60 miles east of San Diego.

The Bluecut Fire located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino National Forest is at 7,000 acres; 40 percent contained. There are about 1,100 firefighters on scene. Highway 138 remained closed between I-15 and

Highway 173. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. Friday.

The Sudden Ranch Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County has burned 7,782 acres and is 90 percent contained, with no injuries reported. There are about 900 firefighters on scene. The cause is under investigation but may have been downed power lines.

The Borel Fire, 100-miles north of Los Angeles near Lake Isabella in Kern County burned 3,430 acres and is 100 percent contained. The blaze destroyed nine homes along

with vehicles, outbuildings and boats. Three firefighters were injured in the blaze considered “human-caused.” Two men seen driving in the area before the fire are being sought for questioning.

The Gorman Fire in the Tejon Pass in north Los Angeles

County has burned 1,000 acres and was 20 percent contained as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. There are about 450 firefighters on scene. Officials report two minor injuries to firefighters. There are some gas, oil and power lines threatened along with the habitats of California condor and willow flycatcher, both endangered species. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Banning Fire located on uninhabited land in and around Morongo Indian Reservation, has burnt 400 acres and is 25 percent contained. Full containment is expected by 8 a.m. Thursday.

A fire in the Patterson Pass blackened 1,000 acres in eastern Alameda County and shut down Interstate 580 in both directions on Tuesday. The fire was brought under control Tuesday night.

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