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Firefighters Fight to Curb Blaze Before Winds Return

State of emergency declared in California Photo: MGN Online. State of emergency declared in California

August 10, 2018 09:09 AM

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters battled through the night to keep a raging forest fire from reaching foothill neighborhoods in Southern California.
    
The arson blaze in the Cleveland National Forest gained renewed strength Thursday, racing along ridges and coming within yards of homes.
    
Crews on Friday are allowing some hillsides to burn, to reduce fuel and make it harder for flames to jump roadways later in the day when the winds pick up.
    
Hundreds more firefighters have joined the battle, bringing the total to 1,200. The fire has blackened 16 square miles (41 square kilometers) of timber and brush and is only 5 percent contained. More than 20,000 residents are evacuated.
    
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties.
    
A man charged with intentionally setting the fire is scheduled for arraignment Friday.

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