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Southern California Wildfire 10 Percent Contained

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Authorities say a thousand-acre wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles did not grow overnight and is now 10 percent contained.

U.S. Forest Service officials say crews building containment lines around the blaze Thursday are focusing on the fire’s west edge, where structure protection is in place.

Mandatory evacuation orders for 1,650 homes were canceled, though residents are urged to prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.

Hot Santa Ana winds are forecast to return, prompting officials to order nine schools near the fire to remain closed. Temperatures in the area are expected to top 100 degrees.

Officials hope calmer winds will allow firefighting helicopters to take to the air.

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Source: NPR

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