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Brush fire burns 1,000 acres on U.S. 395 near Big Pine

September 13, 2011 |  8:10 pm

Brush fire near Big Pine
A brush fire was raging out of control Tuesday night and had scorched about 1,000 acres of vegetation along U.S. Highway 395 near Big Pine, officials said.

The blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m. and was initially reported by the California Highway Patrol to be about 10 acres and moving north and west toward Big Pine.

A wind shift stoked the flames and caused the blaze to spread toward the south, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday evening.

About 120 firefighters were battling the Inyo County blaze. Earlier, they were being assisted by four air tankers and a water-dropping helicopter.

The cause was under investigation.

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Map shows area where brush fire was burning. Credit: Google Maps.

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