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Sheep fire near Wrightwood is fully contained

October 10, 2009 |  9:00 pm

A wildfire that forced the evacuation of Wrightwood, destroyed five structures and blackened more than 7,100 acres of brush and timber was fully contained Saturday.

Firefighters contained the Sheep fire a week after it broke out on Oct. 3 and continued to mop up and patrol containment lines, according to the U.S. Forest Service. All mandatory evacuations were lifted and residents with ID were allowed to return to their homes. The area will remain closed to the general public,  however, because hotspots remain.

 Highways 138 and 2 were reopened.

The cause of the fire, which broke out near a popular resort area 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is under investigation.

--Teresa Watanabe