From: Reuters
Published October 3, 2005 12:00 AM

Los Angeles Fire Seen Fully Contained by Monday

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters have the upper hand on a wildfire on the outskirts of Los Angeles that has burned 24,000 acres and they expect to have it fully contained by Monday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Saturday.

"It looks like we're at about 40 percent containment," said Ron Haralson, an inspector with the department. "We're looking at having it 100 percent contained by Monday, 6 p.m."

The so-called Topanga fire in hilly terrain in the northwest part of the county started Wednesday and spread quickly because of strong and hot wind.

Cooler weather is helping to slow the fire, which has forced local authorities to issued air quality warnings because of smoke but has largely spared residential areas.

"We have lost two single family dwellings, or two homes, one detached garage and three out buildings, and we have had six injuries to firefighters," Haralson said. "Those range from serious to minor."


A falling boulder hurt one firefighter, while others have suffered sprained ankles and bee stings.

Source: Reuters

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