Weather helping fight against massive LA blaze

September 2, 2009 7:04:40 AM PDT
Crews say they're making excellent progress against a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles as cooler, moist weather allows them to set backfires. The blaze in the Angeles National Forest had burned nearly 219 square miles, or 140,150 acres, by early Wednesday. It grew by about 20 square miles overnight but was 22 percent contained.

U.S. Forest Service Cmdr. Mike Dietrich says some strike crews could be released as the danger to foothill communities eases.

However, thousands of homes are still considered threatened. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger planned to visit the fire area Wednesday morning.

Dietrich also says Mount Wilson, which holds a major telecommunications center, is strongly defended and appears to be in good shape.

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