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Fire should reach Silverado Canyon bottom this afternoon

Rich Phelps, fire spokesman and U.S. Forest Service officer, said at 1 p.m. today the Santiago fire is in Silverado Canyon and will reach the canyon bottom within the hour. The Sheriff's Department is again trying to evacuate about 20 people who would not leave their homes. "It's an extremely active fire in Silverado Canyon right now, things are pretty rough, there's been no structural damage so far," Phelps said.

Authorities said the fire was moving quickly. During the day, fire personnel cleared propane tanks and wood piles from around peoples' homes and cleaned out gutters. Thirteen helicopters and four tankers are providing air assistance.

-- Jennifer Delson

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