The Pines Fire, which forced campground evacuations when it broke out near Big Pines in California’s Angeles National Forest on Friday (July 17) night, was 40% contained Sunday and holding at about 200 acres burned, authorities said.
MynewsLA.com reported that more than 300 people, including 130 special needs children, were evacuated from campgrounds after the blaze was reported at 9:25 p.m. Friday in the 24500 block of Angeles Crest Highway.
It burned in steep, heavily timbered terrain on the eastern border of Los Angeles County in the San Gabriel Mountains.
The size and containment figures were issued by the U.S. Forest Service about 1 p.m. Sunday.
Angeles Crest Highway, also known as state Route 2, was closed between Wrightwood and Big Pines, near the Mountain High Ski Area.
Among those evacuated were special needs children, most of them deaf or hearing-impaired, who were taken off the mountain in sheriff’s vans and prison buses to a high school in the San Bernardino city of Phelan.
The same location, Serrano High School, was being used to house evacuees from the North Fire, which swept across Interstate 15 at Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County earlier Friday.
About 90 Girl Scouts self-evacuated from another campground, Deputy Trina Schrader said.
About 150 firefighters were on scene today, most of them constructing fire line and mopping up, authorities said.
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