American Scene: Wildfire in forest grows by 500 acres

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GLENDORA — A wildfire in the Angeles National Forest that forced the evacuation of thousands of visitors has grown another 500 acres and additional firefighting resources have been requested.

The fire, which broke out near a campground Sunday afternoon, grew overnight to about 4,100 acres, or roughly 6 square miles, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Angie Lavell.

For the Angeles National Forest fire, containment stands at about 5 percent. Officials set up an incident management team early Monday morning to map out a long-term strategy to battle the blaze, Ms. Lavell said.

The flames continue to burn deeper into a wilderness area away from any structures, she said.

Campgrounds that typically attract up to 12,000 visitors on the holiday weekend, as well as rehabilitation centers and the private community of Camp Williams Resort, were evacuated on Sunday.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Glendora High School.

The forest is heavily used by Southern California residents because it is close to populated areas.

Small quake shakes Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Geological Survey reported that an earthquake occurred early Monday in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The magnitude-3.3 quake was centered in Beverly Hills at 3:26 a.m. There are no reports of damage.

Beverly Hills police watch commander Sgt. Michael Publicker said his station has been getting many calls from anxious citizens. He said, “Every alarm in the city is going off.” But he added that his patrol officers had seen no signs of structural damage.

An officer at the nearby West Los Angeles police precinct said there had been no calls about the quake.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says its survey found no significant damage, injury or any loss of life in the city.

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