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Full Containment Expected Monday for Silver Fire

The wildfire has consumed more than two dozen homes and injured 11 people, including 10 firefighters

By Jason Kandel and Brandon Lowrey
|  Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013  |  Updated 3:42 AM PDT
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    Firefighters battling the 20,000-acre Silver Fire have lifted most evacuation orders and had the blaze 95 percent contained as of early Monday morning, with full containment expected later in the day.

    The nearly 32-square-mile blaze in Riverside County has injured 11 firefighters - including one Sunday - and one civilian. The civilian suffered severe burn injuries, authorities said.

    Some 48 structures were destroyed, including 26 homes, one commercial building and 21 outbuildings.

    Eight other buildings were damaged, including two homes and six outbuildings.

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    Most evacuation orders were lifted by Sunday morning, though some campgrounds and an RV Park remained closed. Evacuation centers for residents and their animals closed Sunday afternoon.

    The cause of the fire was under investigation.

    The Silver Fire broke out on Wednesday off a highway south of Banning, 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

    Two other smaller fires, meanwhile, continued to burn in Southern California.

    The Sharp Fire in the mountain community of Wrightwood scorched 163 acres and was 75 percent contained. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and evacuations were ordered for some areas.

    A fire that scorched about 100 acres in Santa Clarita near Bee Canyon, close to where the Powerhouse Fire burned earlier this summer, was 70 percent contained Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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