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Firefighters hold line against southern California wildfire
By REUTERS
18/01/2014
 

LOS ANGELES - Firefighters sought to prevent a wildfire in the foothills near Los Angeles from flaring up on Saturday, as they put out embers from a blaze that has destroyed five homes, officials said.

The so-called Colby Fire, which officials said started from a campfire early on Thursday, has blackened nearly 1,900 acres (769 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral and is 30 percent contained, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Robert Brady.

That was the same level of containment firefighters reported on Friday, but officials were optimistic they were gaining the upper hand on the blaze centered in the San Gabriel Mountains, on territory that is part of the Angeles National Forest.

"It's not spreading anymore," Brady said.

More than 1,100 firefighters, backed by four water-dropping airplanes and three helicopters, are battling the blaze, officials said.

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