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One Wildfire Down, Station Fire Still Burns

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    Firefighters have contained a 27-square-mile wildfire in Ventura County.

    Ventura County Fire spokesman Bill Nash said crews surrounded the 17,500-acre blaze near Moorpark on Sunday. Nash said some firefighters will remain for a few days to watch for embers.

    The fire began Tuesday and burned through rugged land interspersed with orchards, farms and ranches. No homes were lost.

    In the Angeles National Forest, the 250-square-mile Station Fire was 98 percent contained Monday. It continued to burn in an area inaccessible to ground crews,  according to the U.S. Forest Service.

    A 20-acre spot fire, discovered Tuesday, is burning in the San Gabriel  Wilderness Area near Twin Peaks, according to the Forest Service. Inaccessible  to ground crews, it has been held in check with retardant, the agency reported.

    The U.S. Forest Service and the County of Los Angeles will hold a  community presentation Monday to provide an update for the public on the fire.  The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the North East Valley City  Hall, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga.

    Personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire  Department and Los Angeles Emergency Management will take part in the  presentation.

    The fire, the 10th biggest in California since 1933 and the biggest ever  in Los Angeles County, claimed the lives of two Los Angeles County  firefighters -- Capt. Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County and  firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 35, of Palmdale.

    The fire was set by an arsonist near a ranger station in the San Gabriel  Mountains Aug. 26. The state has offered $100,000 for information leading to  the arrest and conviction of the arsonist, and Los Angeles County has announced  a $50,000 reward,

    About 500 firefighters remained deployed against blaze, which has  scorched 160,577 acres, cost more than $89 million to fight and destroyed 89  residences, 26 commercial properties and 94 outbuildings.