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Firefighters battle 75-acre blaze in San Bernardino County

July 9, 2012 |  5:02 pm

Firefighters are battling a 75-acre wildfire Monday afternoon in the San Bernardino National Forest that has prompted authorities to close a highway in both directions and begin voluntary evacuations, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The Panorama fire, as officials are calling it, ignited minutes before 2 p.m. in Waterman Canyon, the U.S. Forest Service said. So far, the blaze is about 10% contained.

The fire has prompted authorities to close Highway 18, which snakes through the canyon, in both directions. The highway is closed between 40th Street in San Bernardino and Route 138.

Officials have started voluntary evacuations for those living nearby, but the forest service did not have available the number of residents who would be affected.

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