Wildfire prompts evacuations in Southern CA forest

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Associated Press

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that broke out in California's Angeles National Forest Sunday has quickly grown to at least 3,600 acres, or about 5 ½ square miles.

The blaze forced the evacuation of thousands of visitors and sent a huge cloud of smoke that could be seen from throughout the Los Angeles basin.

A forest spokeswoman says the campgrounds typically attract up to 12,000 visitors on Labor Day holiday weekend, as well as rehabilitation centers and the private community of Camp Williams Resort above the city of Glendora. It's also close to populated areas.

Fire officials say that while the campgrounds are not in the line of the fire, they had to be emptied so that the only road in and out of the San Gabriel Canyon could be open just for fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

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