September 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Firefighters Still Battling California Wildfire

Compiled From Wire Services

Firefighters continued Sunday to battle a blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles that has scorched more than 1,200 acres. The fire has forced about 500 evacuations, destroyed 13 structures and damaged eight others, fire officials said.

Aided by “favorable weather conditions,” including rain and no wind, firefighters had contained 80 percent of the wildfire by Sunday evening, U.S. Forest Service Spokeswoman Karen McKinley said.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in the forest off Highway 330, about six miles south of Running Springs at a legal shooting area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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