Forest Fire Near Big Bear Evacuates Nearly 200 Campers

(FOX 11 / AP) A forest fire that forced the evacuation of several Southern California campgrounds has grown to thousands of acres.

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U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer said early Thursday that crews are using water-dropping aircraft to attack the blaze in a remote location of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Flames are churning through 30-foot-high trees, sending up a huge plume of smoke. The fire in the Barton Flats area was just five percent contained Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 200 campers, most of them children, were evacuated from several wilderness sites after the fire was reported Wednesday some 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, crews have slowed the spread of a wildfire on the Barona Indian Reservation in northern San Diego County that prompted evacuations of seven homes.

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