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Oak Glen, Yucaipa fires 'looking real good'

September 2, 2009 |  1:04 pm

Firefighters are beating back two blazes that had threatened Oak Glen and Yucaipa, where mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, officials said today.

"There still is some wind, but right now it's looking real good," said Bill Peters, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Oak Glen III fire, which led to the total evacuation of the small mountain hamlet, is 75% contained after burning 1,012 acres. The Pendleton fire, which broke out Monday just down the road in Yucaipa, is 70% contained at 860 acres. At one point the fire threatened 2,100 homes and structures, though only one building so far was reported to have sustained any damage.

Roadblocks are still in place, but residents with proper identification can return to their homes. They are now under a "recommended evacuation."

"Today we are beginning to demobilize. Some of the engines we used for structure protection will be going back home," Peters said. "We will continue to look for hot spots and consolidate our fire lines."

Firefighters will be keeping a close eye on the weather today. There is a possibility of rain, thunder and lightning in the area. Two smaller fires broke out Tuesday night in Yucaipa but were quickly extinguished. One is being investigated as possible arson.

-- David Kelly