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Slow, Steady Progress in Hathaway Fire Fight

Full containment of the fire north of Banning is not expected until June 25

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Sunday, Jun 16, 2013  |  Updated 8:13 PM PDT
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Slow, Steady Progress in Hathaway Fire Fight

A viewer sent NBC4 this photo of the Banning brush fire on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

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A brush fire that is expected to burn through most of June was 63 percent contained Sunday after scorching nearly 6 square miles in a remote wilderness area north of Banning.

Read: Wildfire Season Could Get Worse

The Hathaway fire started June 9 on the northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation. The fire spread into the San Bernardino Forest, but no structures have burned as crews continue the fire fight with helicopters, air tankers and other equipment.

Crews used an airplane with infrared camera equipment overnight to map acreage and hot spots.

Fire officials do not expect full containment until June 25. The fire burned north through reservation property and into the steep, rugged terrain of the San Gorgonio Wilderness area (map) -- land with many dead trees after years of drought and bark beetle infestation.

Nine firefighters have suffered minor injuries during the fire.

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