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Fire situation improves in Diamond Bar

November 16, 2008 | 12:13 pm

James Barnes, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said it appeared the fire was burning away from Diamond Bar as winds shifted back to the southwest and stayed calm, between 5 mph and 8 mph on the ridgetops. "The winds are supposed to die down," Barnes said.

He also said that humidity had increased to the double digits and that one of the main fronts of the fire was in Tonner Canyon on the 57 Freeway, where fire engines lined up to try and stop the blaze from crossing to its western side. The eastern side of the freeway had burned, and firefighters worried that if the blaze made its way across the freeway to its western side, the dry grass there would catch quickly. "This is it, right here," Barnes said.

--Joe Mozingo