San Bernardino forest fire 100 percent contained

U.S. Forest Service officials reported that the Miller Fire in the San Bernardino Natoinal Forest has burned 66 acres and is 100 percent contained.

The fire started Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m. on the northern edge of Lake Silverwood, north of Crestline in the San Bernardino mountains.

Firefighters will continue to work the hot spots over the weekend. Control is estimated for Monday.

Fire officials conducting an aerial overflight today updated the acreage to 66 acres. Previous reports listed the fire as having burned 100 acres.

There are no threats to nearby residents or the Summit Valley area of Hesperia.

All highways remain open and no evacuations are in place.

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Apartment fire in Westlake District extinguished

A fire broke out today in an apartment building in the Westlake District, but no one was hurt, a city fire official said.

The fire was reported at 1:51 p.m. on the second floor of an apartment building at 430 S. Union Ave., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Rescuers arriving at the location reported fire in two units on the second floor, spreading to two units on the floor above, Humphrey said.

With 84 firefighters on the scene, the fire was out in 34 minutes, Humphrey said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.



Victorville brush fire contained; 25 acres burned

A small brush fire in the high desert of Victorville burned about 25 acres before being contained. It was first reported at 2:41 p.m. and was extinguished by 8:00 p.m.

An Apple Valley Fire spokeswoman said the fire was fueled by heavy to moderate brush within a dry riverbed.

She said the fire had not threatened any structures.

The Mojave river is near a school and Highway 18. Victorville is about 100 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in San Bernardino County.

Firefighters plan to mop up the flames overnight.

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Firefighters contain 110-acre Banning fire

The Riverside County Fire Department has reported that the Potrero Fire has been fully contained as of 8:00 p.m. The fire in the dry brush of Hathaway Canyon near Foothill and Potrero roads had consumed 110 acres.

Over 200 firefighters from the Riverside city and county departments, along with Forest Service personnel tackled the blaze. Ground crews were also aided by water-dropping helicopters and air tankers as well as bulldozers.

No injuries or damages to structures were reported, county fire officials announced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Griffith brush fire extinguished

A brush fire that broke out late afternoon Monday in Griffith Park, near the Los Angeles Zoo, was extinguished in 68 minutes by 74 firefighters, including five helicopters.

The fire was reported at 4:57 p.m. in the northeast corner of Griffith Park near the Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, said Devin Gales of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Flames would have had to leap across a major road to threaten the zoo, Gales said.

Mild temperatures and winds no stronger than 8 mph helped firefighters get the upper hand, Gales said.

Traffic was rerouted from Zoo Drive to free the street for firefighting equipment and personnel.

While most of the firefighters were released, a few remained behind to deal with hot spots in the medium to heavy brush.