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Holiday Marked By Fires

Firefighters have their hands full across the state.

A fast-moving brush fire in the Angeles National Forest has burned nearly ten-thousand acres and continues to move toward the Angeles Crest Highway. The Curve fire broke out early yesterday afternoon on Highway 39. Flames, fueled by lightening and erratic winds, forced the evacuation of at least 8000 campers, hikers and residents.

In El Dorado County about 40 miles east of Sacramento, the Hickok fire has destroyed one house and charred nearly 800 acres. A 15-year-old boy is in custody in connection with that fire, which is 50% contained. Authorities say three of the 900 firefighters at the scene were treated for heat exhaustion as they helped save 100 homes.

Ground crews are also battling flames in the Wrightwood area of San Bernardino County. A fire there has burned more than 550 acres and is 61% contained. The Lytle Creek fire has been burning since Thursday. Meanwhile, a burned body was found in the area as well as an incendiary device which authorities say turned out to be drug manufacturing equipment, such as that used in a mobile methamphetamine lab.

Near Castaic, more than 100 acres of brush went up in flames, forcing the closure of the northbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway, about 30 miles north of LA. That fire broke out about 2:30 yesterday afternoon and is 30% contained. Another small fire erupted in the LA suburb known as Shadow Hills, just northwest of downtown. The blaze briefly threatened six homes before firefighters put it out.