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Cajon Pass Blaze Is Contained

July 29, 2001|JOSE CARDENAS | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Three forest fires in different parts of California had scorched more than 5,000 acres by late Saturday. Two of the fires were not expected to be contained until mid-week, authorities said.

The Cajon Pass fire in San Bernardino County, which charred 630 acres, was contained early Saturday evening, said Ruk Read, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman.

The fire caused no injures and threatened no structures. But it prompted the voluntary evacuation of animals and staff from Jungle Exotics, a company that trains animals for movies.

Sparks from a train's exhaust were blamed for starting the fire early Friday morning.

A fire in the Sierra National Forest outside Yosemite National Park that started Thursday had charred 722 acres by Saturday afternoon, said Linda Clement of the California Department of Forestry.

Six firefighters suffered minor injuries from the heat and falling debris, Clement said. The fire was burning on the south side of the Merced River, about 20 miles west of the park.

Clement said firefighters expect to contain the flames by Wednesday. The fire's cause was under investigation.

A third fire, in the Plumas National Forest 70 miles northwest of Reno, had burned 4,000 acres, said Lee Anne Taylor of the Forest Service.

Firefighters expect full containment of the Plumas blaze by Wednesday.

In all, about 2,700 firefighters from several agencies were fighting the fires.

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