Los Angeles wildfire almost contained

08:06, August 02, 2010      

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Firefighters have gained an upper hand over a wildfire which burned about 14,000 acres (5,670 hectares) in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said on Sunday.

By Sunday morning, the Crown Fire was 87 percent contained, and full containment is expected later in the day, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) said.

County fire Inspector Fred Stowers said 1,320 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, and most of the flames were quenched.

Since its breakout on Thursday, the Crown Fire has damaged a number of structures, including four homes, three single-wide trailers, two garages, a building, three outbuildings and a hay barn, according to the LACFD.

On Friday night, hundreds of residents in the affected area were evacuated after the fire broke out Thursday. The evacuation order was lifted Saturday.

The fire once threatened major power lines in the area that serve Southern California.

Six injuries have been reported, including a person stung by a bee and a sheriff's deputy who breathed some smoke.

The fire was believed to have been started by someone working on a car wheel, LACFD Chief Michael Bryant said.

"They were using a hammer to try to get the bolts loose," he said "and that's what the investigation is really focusing on right now."

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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