Palmer and La Tuna fires nearly completely contained

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The big Labor Day weekend La Tuna wildfire on the northeast edge of Los Angeles has been reduced to a black scar on the Verdugo Mountains, but still remains dangerous.

Late Tuesday night, a spot fire erupted outside the perimeter in a canyon area of suburban Burbank. Ground crews rushed in and a helicopter made key water drops to halt the flames.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says significant progress has allowed reduction of forces to just over 200 firefighters, but the potential for hotspots in the 11-square-mile (28-square-kilometer) area show's they're "not out of the woods yet."

The fire burned near 1,400 homes but only five were lost. Containment is put at 80 percent as of midday Wednesday.

Meantime, authorities say the Palmer wildfire, which began on Sept. 2 and blazed nearly 4,000 acres across Riverside County, is fully contained.

All evacuations have been lifted and Live Oak Road is now open, but San Timoteo Canyon Road is closed from Live Oak to Palmer Road.  


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