September 3, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Firefighting crews battle blaze in Angeles National Forest

 

GLENDORA, Calif. – A wildfire that broke out in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday forced the evacuation of thousands. The fire broke out near a campground around 2:30 p.m. and quickly grew to at least 1,000 acres, or about 1  1/2 square miles.

It forced the evacuation of campgrounds that typically attract up to 12,000 visitors on Labor Day holiday weekend, as well as rehabilitation centers and the private community of Camp Williams Resort above the city of Glendora, forest spokeswoman L’Tanga Watson said.

About 200 firefighters, aided by four water-dropping helicopters and nine air tankers, were battling the blaze. Fire officials also activated the use of a DC-10 capable of dropping thousands of gallons of retardant. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Hot dog-eating champion sets wing-eating contest record

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Organizers of the National Buffalo Wing Festival say competitive eater Joey Chestnut has devoured a record 191 chicken wings in 12 minutes.

Chestnut set the record Sunday during a wing-eating contest at the annual festival in Buffalo. He beat the previous record of 183 wings, set last year by Sonya Thomas, the Black Widow.

Earlier this year, the San Jose, Calif., resident won his sixth straight Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island with 68 dogs in 10 minutes.

The weekend wing festival in Buffalo also included servings of 100 different styles of wings and live music


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