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Crews Fight Against Wildfire In Desert

Firefighters struggled in rough terrain and blistering heat Sunday to contain a wildfire that blackened about 17,000 acres and destroyed a trailer and some ranch equipment.

The fire in desert wilderness burned a couple of miles from Morongo Valley, but no other structures were threatened, said Iral Evans, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry.

Erratic wind made firefighting difficult.

“The winds are changing out there and the fire is changing direction every 15 minutes. We can’t keep up with it,” Evans said.

The blaze, which began Friday, was 50 percent contained Sunday morning. Firefighters predicted full containment by Monday night, Evans said.

The fire was started by a man charging the battery of his tractor. A drop cord leading from a house to the vehicle overheated and set grass on fire.

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