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Firefighters battling Angeles National Forest blaze hope for rain

September 5, 2012 |  9:23 am


The wildfire burning in the Angeles National Forest is about 25% contained, although firefighters were hoping that rain would arrive in the afternoon, authorities said Wednesday.

The blaze, known as the Williams fire, has burned about 3,800 acres since it  broke out on Sunday afternoon near Glendora, according the U.S. Forest Service. Authorities ordered the evacuation of a campsite and closed the area, which is popular with hikers, to the public.

About 1,200 people are fighting the fire and hope to have it contained in the next week or so. There is a 20% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, which could go a long way toward putting out the blaze.

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"That would be great," said Nathan Judy, spokesman for the Angeles National Forest.

The flames are no longer threatening mobile homes, and the blaze is burning in the rugged terrain in the mountains above Glendora.


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Photo: A firetruck heads north on Highway 39 toward a towering plume of smoke in Angeles National Forest near Azusa on Tuesday. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times