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Crews closer to surrounding Southern Sierra fires

Posted: August 22, 2013 11:02 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 2013 11:03 a.m.

ALTA SIERRA, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires that shut down campgrounds in the southern Sierra Nevada have stopped growing and crews are close to surrounding them after days of hacking firelines through rugged timberland.

The U.S. Forest Service says a 454-acre fire in the Sequoia National Forest is 76 percent contained Thursday. A nearby blaze of 441 acres is 80 percent surrounded.

No homes are threatened and crews have less than two miles of firebreak left to build.

Lightning strikes early in the week sparked the fires in timber and 6-foot-tall brush.

The area got some rain several days ago and Highway 178 through Kern Canyon remains closed because of mud- and rockslides.

Elsewhere, a 192-acre lightning fire near Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County is 45 percent contained. No homes are threatened.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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