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Banning wildfire 30 percent contained

Posted: June 12, 2013 9:41 a.m.
Updated: June 12, 2013 9:41 a.m.

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California wildfire that's burned nearly 4 ½ square miles of forest is still growing but so is the fireline to contain it.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer says the blaze 85 miles east of Los Angeles is 30 percent contained Wednesday.

The fire gained about 500 acres overnight in the San Bernardino National Forest and could spread farther from expected winds gusting to 35 mph on ridges.

No homes are threatened and crews have surrounded the fire on the west and south.

The fire began Sunday on the Morongo Indian Reservation and spread into the steep, rugged San Gorgonio Wilderness.

About 1,200 firefighters and about a dozen aircraft are fighting the blaze, which is burning century-old chaparral and trees killed by drought and a bark beetle infestation.


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