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Catalina Island blaze now 50% contained

May 3, 2011 |  8:43 am

Firefighters made progress overnight in containing a wildfire that has scorched 40 acres on Santa Catalina Island.

About 120 firefighters  were transported by barge and helicopter to the island after the blaze broke out Monday in heavy brush behind a yacht club in the isthmus area of the island.

Ground crews worked through the night to keep the fire from growing and put out slowly burning hot spots, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi. By early Tuesday, the fire was about 50% contained.

"We were able to extinguish the active flame," Kunitomi said, adding that crews were preparing to use helicopters to drop water on remaining spot fires.

The Catalina fire was one of several that broke out across Southern California on Monday as warm winds blew across the region.

Firefighters also battled brush fires in Tujunga Canyon, Ladera Heights, near Pyramid Lake and in San Luis Obispo County.


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