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Osito fire in Angeles National Forest 65% contained

July 14, 2009 |  8:45 am

The Osito fire burning in the Angeles National Forest is 65% contained and is expected to be extinguished by 6 p.m., a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said today.

The fire near Pyramid Lake has burned 400 acres and had threatened power, gas and oil lines, but those fixtures are now out of harm's way, said spokeswoman Dee Dechert.

One or two of the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 will be closed throughout the day, and motorists are likely to experience delays. No homes or structures are threatened, and no injuries have been reported.

Firefighters worked overnight to contain the blaze, and about 150 are on scene, Dechert said. Today there will be two helicopters, three hand crews and four or five engines fighting the fire.

-- Raja Abdulrahim