Firefighters Make Progress On Mount Baldy Wildfire

MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters face a second
day of hot and dry weather as they work to contain a wildfire on
towering Mount Baldy.

Highs in the area 45 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles were expected to reach the upper 90s Friday.

The blaze on the flanks of the 10,064-foot mountain has scorched
420 acres of grass and brush and is 60 percent contained, the U.S.
Forest Service said.

No injuries or building damage were reported.

The fire started Tuesday and was burning in steep, rocky canyonlands where the brush last burned more than three decades ago. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Extra hand crews helped put lines around the fire to protect homes to the south, and crews spent Thursday putting out embers at the edge of the fire in the San Gabriel Mountains.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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