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Madre Fire: Progress made; new fire briefly threatens 30 homes

A helicopter fights the Madre Fire on a ridge near Azusa on September 24th, 2014.
A helicopter fights the Madre Fire on a ridge near Azusa on September 24th, 2014.
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A helicopter fights the Madre Fire on a ridge near Azusa on September 24th, 2014.
Los Angeles firefighters walk near homes in Azusa, Calif. on September 24th, 2013.
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A helicopter fights the Madre Fire on a ridge near Azusa on September 24th, 2014.
"This was the view out of my front door this evening around 6:40pm. I'm based in the Monrovia Bears neighborhood," wrote Nicole Méndez Dial, who took this photo.
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A helicopter fights the Madre Fire on a ridge near Azusa on September 24th, 2014.
A chopper drops water on the Madre Fire in the hills above Azusa on Monday.
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Crews working all night continued to build containment lines around a wildfire that scorched 250 acres of dry brush in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

US Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said Wednesday the blaze near the foothill community of Azusa is 72 percent contained.

There are no active flames and no homes are threatened.

Full containment is expected Friday.

Meanwhile firefighters attacked a blaze that briefly threatened 30 rural homes near the San Bernardino mountains, hoping to get the upper hand on the 200-acre fire before winds were expected to pick up.

The second fire erupted shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday near the heavily traveled Cajon Pass and ran through the brushy foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Some 30 homes were initially evacuated as a precaution.

Helicopters and a DC-10 made water drops and by late Tuesday had reduced much of the blaze to white smoke. Containment figures were not immediately available.