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Five Large Fires Continue to Burn in California

500 evacuated Duarte residents allowed to return home


A bear was spotted at the base of the fire near Duarte

Over 4,600 firefighters are battling 5 large wildfires in California. Crews are making progress on several fronts and as a result, evacuations have been lifted for several communities including the Potrero area from the Border Fire in San Diego County and the Duarte area from the Fish Fire in Los Angeles County. 534 out of 770 evacuated households have been allowed to return home.

Fire officials said Wednesday that crews are making good progress on the San Gabriel Complex Fire, which has burned nearly 5,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest.

Containment stands at about 15 percent as of Wednesday night, officials said. The pair of fires, dubbed the Fish Fire and Reservoir Fire when they first broke out Monday, have not merged, although they are only a mile and a half apart. About 1,400 fire personnel were on scene fighting the flames.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service starting this evening for the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties due to gusty winds and low humidity. This combination may pose a challenge for firefighters battling the current fires in those counties, as well as significantly increase the fire risk for new wildfires. It is critical that during Red Flag Warnings the public be extra vigilant outdoors to prevent sparking a new wildfire. It is recommended that people don't use powered equipment outdoors after 10 a.m. or on hot windy days. Learn more at

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Border Fire, San Diego County (more info...)

Near Potrero

● 6,840 acres, 20% contained

● Evacuations lifted for the community of Portrero

● Evacuations remain for the communities of Lake Morena Village & Campo

● 200 structures threatened

● Hwy 94 remains closed

**Unified Command Incidents**

Sherpa Fire, Santa Barbara County (more info...)

West of Goleta

Unified Command: CAL FIRE, USFS and Santa Barbara County Fire

● 7,474 acres, 93% Contained

● Evacuations lifted

● 270 structures threatened

San Gabriel Complex, Los Angeles County (more info...)

North of Duarte and Azusa

Unified Command: USFS & LA County Fire

● 5,235 acres, 15% contained

● Two separate fires: Fish Fire (4,035 acres) and Reservoir Fire (1,200 acres)

Duarte area fires from the air, 6/22/2016

**Federal Incidents**

Pony Fire, Siskiyou County (more info...)

15 miles southwest of Happy Camp

US Forest Service - Klamath National Forest

● 2,858 acres, 60% contained


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