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Crown fire expected to be surrounded by Monday night

August 1, 2010 |  9:23 pm

Firefighters said Sunday that the Crown fire, which has burned 14,000 acres in northern Los Angeles County, was 87% contained and was expected to be fully surrounded by Monday evening. “We’re expecting to send everyone home,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Bernard Peters.

At its height, the blaze, which broke out Thursday,  threatened more than 2,000 homes in western Palmdale and the Leona Valley. About 1,700 firefighters used several water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to help battle flames.

But by Sunday afternoon, more than 500 firefighters had been released, and hundreds of people who had been evacuated were able to return to their homes.

Elsewhere in Los Angeles County, firefighters quickly knocked down a small spot fire in Topanga Canyon. A 21-acre blaze along Las Virgenes Road near Calabasas was also extinguished.

--Ann Simmons and Jason Felch

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