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Fires close part of Los Padres forest

August 17, 2008|From the Associated Press

Officials closed about 88,000 acres of the Los Padres National Forest on Saturday as crews continued to battle five fires sparked by a lightning storm early Friday morning.

The fires, which had scorched nearly 250 acres, were about 5% contained, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

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