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Fire in Los Padres Forest Now 85% Contained

June 13, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

The Wolf fire in Los Padres National Forest was 85% contained late Wednesday, and fire officials were anticipating total containment by early Friday evening.

For a third straight day Wednesday, firefighters held the blaze to 21,278 acres while a fleet of helicopters dropped water and fire retardant, said Joe Pasinato, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman.

More than 1,200 firefighters were battling the blaze but officials were gradually releasing personnel, many of whom will be reassigned to major fires in Colorado.

Since the Wolf fire started June 1, the cost of fighting it has reached $13.2 million.

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