Firefighters Protect SoCal Mountain Town

Wildfire scorches 7,500 acres in San Gabriel Mountains

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 3:02 PM PDT
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Crews Protect Wrightwood From Sheep Fire

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Daniel Fawcett of the U.S. Forest Service sets a back-fire to combat a wildfire in Wrightwood, California.

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Crews Protect Wrightwood From Sheep Fire

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Containment of the Sheep Fire grew to 75 percent Wednesday.

Cooler temperatures allowed firefighters to gain ground on a wildfire burning near the mountain community of Wrightwood.

More than 7,500 acres of prime forest land between Cajon Pass and the  Mountain High Ski Resort burned over the weekend in the second major blaze to  hit the mountain range on the north side of the Los Angeles urban area in five  weeks. The Sheep Fire broke out around 2 p.m. Saturday not far west of  Interstate 15 at the southern end of the Cajon Pass. The cause was not  immediately determined.

Wrightwood's 6,000 residents got mandatory evacuation orders at 10 a.m.  Sunday, when the blaze came roaring up Lone Pine Canyon from the southeast. Wrightwood residents live in a steep, landslide-prone mountain bowl on a  major earthquake fault and in the middle of fire country, and nearly all left  when told to do so, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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