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Brush fire fanned by gusty winds burns 400 acres by Lone Pine

February 27, 2013 |  7:57 pm

Location where brush fire had burned 400 acres near Lone Pine
A brush fire fanned by gusty winds scorched 400 acres in Inyo County but firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand in stopping the blaze, officials said Wednesday night.

The blaze, called the River fire, broke out Wednesday morning and spread across thick brush near Narrow Gauge Road and California 136 east of Lone Pine, fire officials said.

Nearly 200 firefighters were battling the fire, which was 85% contained Wednesday evening, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The fire was burning as a Santa Ana wind condition helped cause warm weather across Southern California, the National Weather Service said. The weather was expected to stay warm through Saturday.

The agency said that northeast wind gusts up to 35 mph were expected in mountain canyons and passes.

“Gusty winds and thick bush are posing a challenge toward containment for firefighters,” fire officials said in a statement. Full containment was expected Thursday.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

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Map shows location of the fire. Credit: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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