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Aug 18, 2014 7:12 AM by Associated Press

Campers flee from Southern California wildfire

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of 200 people from a campground and recreational areas.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman L'Tanga (luh-TAHN-jah) Watson says the fire started Sunday afternoon in a canyon above the foothill community of Glendora.

It has burned about 400 acres, and is 5 percent contained.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the fire spread rapidly after it began at 2:25 p.m. Sunday. It was initially at 10 acres, then 20 acres, before quickly spreading up mountainside in 10 minutes to 100 acres.

Firefighters are battling the blaze in hot, dry weather. Watson said they are hampered by steep, rugged terrain.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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