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20,000 evacuated as Southern California fire grows

Posted at 10:36 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 13:36:07-04

At least 20,000 foothill and canyon residents have evacuated as a growing wildfire churns through the Cleveland National Forest south of Los Angeles.
    
Fire spokeswoman Kate Kramer says Thursday that the majority of the 15-square-mile (39-square-kilometer) blaze is burning in wildland areas. But officials are concerned about flames creeping down hillsides toward neighborhoods. The fire is just 5 percent contained.
    
Kramer says crews with air support are also trying to keep flames away from Santiago Peak, where critical communication infrastructure for the region is located.
    
Officials say heavy smoke settling on surrounding communities is creating unhealthy conditions.
    
A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the so-called Holy Fire is expected in court Thursday.
  
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