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UPDATED: Station Fire 22 percent contained; Acton evac order being lifted

Posted: September 1, 2009 5:40 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2009 9:40 p.m.

The Station Fire has burned 127,513 acres and was 22 percent contained as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to county fire officials.

Evacuation orders for some areas of Acton were lifted Tuesday night, and officials said they expected all areas would be reopened by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the commander of the vast fire-fighting operation expressed a positive outlook for the first time in the week since the blaze erupted in the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles and grew into a 200-square-mile giant.

"I'm feeling a lot more optimistic today than I did yesterday and the crews are doing fabulous work out there on the grounds but the bottom line is that they're fighting for every foot," said Mike Dietrich of the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire continued to spread in wilderness but Dietrich said the containment figure was expected to rise. He noted that bulldozers had carved up to 12 miles of lines and no new structures were lost overnight.

Some 4,128 firefighters and aircraft were working across a 50-mile span to battle the blaze, which killed two firefighters, injured three civilians, and destroyed 62 structures, according to county fire officials.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It started Wednesday, Aug. 26 at around 3:30 p.m.



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