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UPDATE: Gorman fires burn 283 acres

Posted: August 19, 2012 11:43 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2012 11:43 a.m.

More than 280 acres have now burned in a brush fire near Gorman, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest said.

One of the 210 firefighters battling the fire was injured, Nathan Judy said Sunday morning.

By noon Sunday, the fire in a remote area south of Quail Lake and east of Interstate 5 near Gorman, had burned about 283 acres since starting around noon Saturday, he said.

No structures were burned and, aside from the one firefighter, no one injured.

“We had one firefighter injured,” Judy said. “He suffered minor burns to his hand.”

The firefighter was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released, he said.

By noon, the fire was 80 percent contained with no ”active” visible flames, Judy said.

Asked if crews employed night-time firefighting in light of news Thursday calling for the resumption of aerial nighttime firefighting.

“They were available but we did not need them,” Judy said.

“So we’re looking pretty good right now.”

By 4:45 p.m. Saturday, the fire had consumed about 150 acres of brush in the Angeles National Forest, according to an Angeles National Forest official.

No structures were threatened, but there were gas and power lines in the area, the official said. There was no containment by 4:45 p.m.

A total of 20 engines, six crews, five helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft fought the blaze Saturday. Those numbers were reduced Sunday, Judy said.



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