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Fire near Morongo casino reaches 1,300 acres

June 09, 2013|By Jessica Garrison and Teresa Watanabe

A wildfire was burning Sunday afternoon near the Morongo Indian Reservation northwest of Banning, officials said.

The Hathaway fire started just before noon in Hathaway Canyon and had reached 1,300 acres by early Sunday evening. No houses or structures were threatened by the blaze, but authorities said it was sending a plume of smoke toward Big Bear.

About 400 firefighters were fighting the fire, aided by nine air tankers and five helicopters.

Elsewhere, firefighters in L.A. County battled small brush and grass fires in Gorman and Lake View Terrace on Sunday but brought them quickly under control.

A brush fire was reported at 5:31 p.m. in Gorman near the northbound 5 Freeway, just south of Vista Del Largo, and burned through 10.2 acres before firefighters brought it under control by 7:10 p.m., said Ed Pickett of the L.A. County Fire Department.   

About 40 firefighters were dispatched in seven fire engines and four helicopters and were assisted by 80 state and county inmates in four camp crews.  

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, Pickett said.

In Lake View Terrace, a fire was reported at 4:26 p.m. near the 11200 block of North Gladstone Avenue and burned through 2 acres of grass before firefighters knocked it down 20 minutes later, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles  Fire Department.

“At no point were any structures threatened,” Main said, adding that no injuries were reported.

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