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Brush Fire Burns 200 Acres in Angeles National Forest

August 08, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

About 400 firefighters and several aircraft battled a brush fire that swept through at least 200 chaparral-covered acres on Thursday in the Angeles National Forest.

No homes were immediately threatened by the blaze in the hills above Tujunga, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gail Wright. The flames were about 20% contained by dusk and were expected to continue burning through this morning. No injuries were reported.

Nine helicopters and six air tankers assisted firefighters from the Forest Service and the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles city fire departments.

The fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. north of a ranger station near Little Tujunga Canyon Road. Its cause was under investigation.

The Wildlife Waystation, a refuge for sick and abandoned wild animals, was about two miles from the fire's edge but was not believed to be in danger, Wright said.

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