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Firefighters make progress in Los Padres National Forest wildfire

September 3, 2012 |  3:09 pm

Los Padres National Forest fire
Firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand Monday afternoon in controlling a wildfire that burned about 25 acres in Los Padres National Forest.

The blaze erupted shortly after 11 a.m. as flames moved quickly through brush and timber in the Lockwood Valley area in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District in Ventura County.

But an aggressive attack by crews on the ground and tanker planes and a helicopter helped stop the blaze from going out of control, officials said.

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"We're feeling pretty good about it," Los Padres National Forest spokesman Andrew Madsen told The Times.

Hundreds of other firefighters were battling the Williams fire that has scorched about 4,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa. That blaze, which broke out Sunday, forced officials to shut down the popular San Gabriel Canyon to Labor Day visitors and order evacuations from campgrounds picnic areas used by thousands of people.


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Photo: Fire raging Monday afternoon in the Los Padres National Forest. Credit: KTLA-TV (Channel 5)