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SoCal Fire A Week From Containment

A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains that forced people to flee campgrounds over the Labor Day weekend has grown to 14,429 acres. The fire started Sunday afternoon about 30 miles northeast of Los Angeles and is 5% contained. The wildfire is expected to be fully contained one week from today. About seven thousand campers were forced to flee. They left behind their tents, clothing and food as the fire approached. The fire has destroyed 14 structures, including two homes of forest personnel. Firefighting cost is about $828,000.00 so far. More heat and erratic winds are expected today, making it more difficult for firefighters trying to halt the flames on steep, forested hillsides at elevations near 7000 feet. Sections of state Highways 2 and 39 remain closed and are being used only by fire engines carrying reinforcements. The firefighting force doubled this morning to nearly 1,350 personnel facing temperatures of at least 100 degrees.