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Morris Dam Fire Containment 'Days Away'

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Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 4:54 PM


Although 45 percent contained, the Morris Dam fire raging above Azusa is not going quietly. Quoting federal emergency authorities, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune  said that the complete extinguishing of the inferno that has blackened more than 1800 acres is "days away." The blaze erupted in the Angeles National Forest Tuesday.

"We've got a good week's worth of firefighting ahead at least," said Southern California Incident Management commander Ron Woychak. Firefighters have struggled under a near-perfect storm of adverse conditions including tinder-dry humidity levels, temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and steep terrain. About the only "plus" so far has been the absence of strong winds. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for nearly 70 residents of the San Gabriel River's East Fork and for inhabitants of a mobile home park.

A second Angeles Forest fire broke out yesterday much closer to Los

Angeles. The so-called Station Fire, located near the Mile 29 marker on

Angeles Crest Highway, has now burned through about 300 acres above La

Canada-Flintridge and is only 10 percent contained, the Trib reported this afternoon.

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