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Aug 9, 2013 2:31 PM by Associated Press

Southern California firefighters gain on destructive wildfire

CABAZON, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire burning 90 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Mountains since Wednesday has destroyed 26 homes and threatened more than 500 other residences, forcing some 1,800 people to flee.

Firefighters focused protection Friday on the tiny community of Snow Creek.

The fire grew by 2,000 acres to 25 square miles overnight but it was significantly less active Friday morning. Fire spokesman Eric Solomon says evacuations of a handful of communities remain in effect, however, as a safety precaution.

Some 1,600 firefighters are on the lines, and seven retardant-dropping tankers joined eight helicopters attacking the fire from the air.

A 60-acre wildfire forced evacuations of about 75 homes Thursday near Wrightwood, a community in the San Gabriel Mountains about 40 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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