Crews gain ground on wildfire north of Los Angeles


Published: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 2:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 2:26 p.m.

PALMDALE, Calif. — Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire smoldering in the high desert north of Los Angeles.

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A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter drops water on a hillside subdivision on the outskirts of Palmdale, Calif. on Friday, July 30, 2010 to help combat wildfires.

The Associated Press

The fire has charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the Antelope Valley. It was 82 percent contained Sunday morning.

Good weather in neighboring Kern County helped firefighters build containment lines around two wildfires that destroyed homes in remote mountain communities earlier in the week.

Officials said a fire near Tehachapi that destroyed 23 homes and charred 2 square miles of heavy brush was expected to be fully contained Sunday.

To the north, a blaze that destroyed eight residences as it spread across about 26 square miles of the Sequoia National Forest in the Sierra Nevada was 85 percent contained.

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