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UPDATE: Wildfire prompts evacuations in SoCal forest

Smoke visible from Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: September 2, 2012 5:28 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2012 5:31 p.m.
 

GLENDORA (AP) — A wildfire in the Angeles National Forest has exploded to about 700 acres, forcing the evacuation of about 12,000 visitors who flocked to campgrounds for the holiday weekend.

The fire is sending a huge cloud of smoke that's visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin, including the Santa Clarita Valley, a forest service spokeswoman said.

Forest spokeswoman L'Tanga Watson said the fire broke out near a campground Sunday afternoon. It quickly grew to several hundred acres as flames chewed thick brush that was not touched by the destructive Station Fire in 2009.

Watson said the fire was burning near a popular recreational area and also forced the evacuation of the private community of Camp Williams Resort.

About 200 firefighters, aided by four water-dropping helicopters and four airtankers, are attacking the blaze.

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