Pines Fire In Angeles National Forest Evacuates More Than 300 People
LOS ANGELES (CNS/FOX 11) - Over 300 people, including 130 special needs children, were evacuated from campgrounds in the Wrightwood area in Angeles National Forest in the face of a fast-moving wildfire early Saturday.
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The wildfire, known as the Pine Fire or Pines Fire on social media, was reported at 9:25 p.m. Friday in the 24500 block of North Angeles Crest Highway, and was burning in steep, heavily timbered terrain on the eastern border of Los Angeles County in the San Gabriel Mountains.
The fire had burned an estimated 200 acres and was 5 percent contained by 4 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
Angeles Crest Highway, also known as state Route 2, was closed between Wrightwood and Big Pines.
The special needs children, most of them deaf or hearing-impaired, were taken off the mountain in Sheriff's vans and prison buses to a high school in the San Bernardino city of Phelan.
About 90 Girl Scouts self-evacuated from another campground, Deputy Trina Schrader said.
The same location, Serrano High School, was being used to house evacuees from the North Fire that swept Interstate 15 at Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County earlier Friday.
The blaze was being fought by about 150 firefighters, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
No injuries were reported and no structures have been threatened, an Angeles National Forest spokeswoman said.
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