Crews gain ground on wildfire north of Los Angeles

A fast moving wildfire burns above Elizabeth Lake Road in Leona Valley near Palmdale, Calif. on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the community of Leona Valley on Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque said. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

August 1, 2010 12:49:10 PM PDT
Firefighters say higher humidity and lower temperatures have helped them nearly contain a wildfire smoldering in the high desert north of Los Angeles.

The fire has charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the Antelope Valley. It's 87 percent contained Sunday and crews hope to have it fully surrounded by Monday evening.

Los Angeles County Fire crews are also on the scene of a smoky wildfire burning near the 101 Freeway in Calabasas. Officials say it's charred about five acres of heavy brush after being reported about noon Sunday. No structures are threatened but traffic along the freeway slowed down because of the smoke.

A wildfire sparked Saturday that has burned about 110 acres in rural northeast San Diego County is nearly surrounded.


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