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Catalina Island fire 85% contained, 117 acres burned

May 3, 2011 |  3:04 pm

A brush fire on Santa Catalina Island was 85% contained Tuesday after charring 117 acres, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

About 120 firefighters were taken to the island by barge and helicopter after the blaze broke out Monday in heavy brush behind a yacht club in the isthmus area of the island.

Ground crews worked through the night to keep the fire from growing and put out slow-burning hot spots, said county Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi. By early Tuesday, the blaze was about 50% contained.

"We were able to extinguish the active flame," Kunitomi said, adding that crews were preparing to use helicopters to drop water on remaining spot fires.

The Catalina fire was one of several that broke out across Southern California on Monday as warm winds blew across the region.


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