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75-acre wildfire in San Bernardino County is 70% contained

July 10, 2012 |  7:43 am

Firefighters on Tuesday monitored a 75-acre blaze in the San Bernardino National Forest that forced a highway closure and briefly prompted voluntary evacuations in the area.

The Panorama fire that broke out about 2 p.m. Monday in Waterman Canyon was about 70% contained Tuesday morning, the U.S. Forest Service said.

Highway 18, which snakes through the area, was closed between Lower Old Waterman Canyon Road and Upper Old Waterman Canyon Road. Officials began voluntary evacuations for an unknown number of homes, but the order had been lifted by Monday night.

More than 260 firefighters attacked the blaze Monday, officials said. Four suffered heat-related injuries, the U.S. Forest Service said, but their conditions were unknown.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.


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Photo: Fire crews from several San Bernardino County-area agencies work on a brush fire that ignited a hillside near Waterman Canyon along Highway 18 on Monday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times