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Firefighters Make Progress Battling Fire Near Big Bear

More than 1,200 firefighters assisted by a fleet of air tankers and helicopters have been working in hot, dry weather since the blaze broke out.

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    Firefighters Make Progress Battling Fire Near Big Bear

    Firefighters have made progress battling a 5-day-old forest fire in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains.

    Dubbed the Holcomb Fire, the approximately 2½-square-mile (625 hectares) blaze northeast of Big Bear Lake is 65 percent contained Friday morning.

    More than 1,200 firefighters assisted by a fleet of air tankers and helicopters have been working in hot, dry weather since the blaze broke out June 19 in the Holcomb Valley area.

    Forecasters expect slight cooling.

    Elsewhere in California, a fire that has burned more than 2 square miles (609 hectares) in Sequoia National Forest is in the mop-up stage. The blaze southwest of Lake Isabella is 95 percent surrounded and full containment is expected Sunday.

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