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Firefighters battle 400-acre brush fire in Angeles National Forest

September 2, 2012 |  4:59 pm

Angeles National Forest fire

Firefighters are battling a 400-acre blaze in the Angeles National Forest, several miles north of Glendora, that began Sunday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of a mobile home park.

The first started about 2:15 p.m. along East Fork Road in the park, according to John Wagner, an assistant public affairs officer  for the U.S. Forest Service. More than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze, he said.

It was unclear how many residents of the mobile home park had to leave, Wagner said. Parts of California 39 have also been closed.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent a helicopter and 15 engine companies--a total of about 66 firefighting personnel -- to help battle the blaze, Capt. Mark Savage said.

“I live in Santa Clarita, and I could see an ugly column of smoke” coming from the area, Savage said. “It looks like they got their hands full.”


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Photo: Angeles National Forest fire/Credit: Ruben Vives / Los Angeles Times