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Wildfire continues to burn in Angeles National Forest [Updated]

August 26, 2009 |  7:37 am


[Updated at 9:22 a.m.:  The fire has grown to 750 acres.]

Crews are continuing today to battle a 600-acre wildfire in the Angeles National Forest that is being fanned by bone-dry conditions and high temperatures and filling the skies above the L.A. Basin with thick, gray smoke.

The Morris fire, which began Tuesday afternoon near the Morris Dam north of Azusa, was 10% contained this morning, said Bryan Webb, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It forced the evacuation of campers and an 18-member Boy Scout troop, which was rescued by a helicopter crew.

View Morris fire in a larger map

The blaze is in steep terrain and burning mostly brush. The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning for mountain areas in Los Angeles County, and the county Fire Department is beefing up  hillside-area fire units. Weather officials expect temperatures to reach into the triple digits in the valleys today.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: A wildfire continued to burn this morning  in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times