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Brush fire near Yucaipa closes highway

October 21, 2011 |  5:37 pm

A brush fire near Yucaipa has burned 75 to 100 acres and forced the closure of Highway 38 in San Bernardino County, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 2:18 p.m. off a dirt road leading to a trailhead for the Yucaipa Ridge hiking area in the San Bernardino Mountains, said Forest Service spokeswoman Lyn Sielert. No structures are threatened, she said.

Firefighters on the ground are being aided by four air tankers and four helicopters. Weather conditions are favorable, with little wind and slightly overcast skies, Sielert said.

As of 5 p.m., the fire was 30% contained.


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