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Firefighters gaining on Santa Clarita blaze

September 17, 2011 |  8:24 pm

A fire that had burned through about 600 acres in an uninhabited area near Mint Canyon in Santa Clarita was expected to be contained by Sunday evening, fire officials said.

The Mint fire started about 8 a.m. Saturday and spread rapidly, but was 50% contained by Saturday evening. More than 300 firefighters were working on building a fire line after the blaze's progress slowed, with the exception of a few hot spots.

Officials said one firefighter suffered a minor injury to his shoulder -- a sprain or strain, said fire information officer Nathan Judy of the U.S. Forest Service. No structures were damaged. 

Judy said calm winds and humidity around 40% were aiding the firefight.

Twenty-six aircraft assisted in the effort to fight the blaze in rolling hills with very limited access near Sierra Highway and California Highway 14, officials said.

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