Wildfires burn 700 acres of Calif. brushlands

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(AP) – A nearly 700-acre brushfire is burning north of Los Angeles but authorities say no homes are threatened and they hope to contain it by noon Tuesday.

Fire spokesman Manuel Madrigal says the 689-acre blaze in Los Padres National Forest is 60 percent contained Monday and it didn’t move overnight. Madrigal says the flames have been reduced to a few smoldering trees and hotspots.

More than 600 firefighters and some water-dropping helicopters are on the scene near the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area.

The fire began Saturday in a Ventura County campground. The cause is under investigation.

South of that blaze, a 12-acre fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain in San Bernardino County’s Lytle Creek. It’s 70 percent contained after briefly threatening five cabins over the weekend.

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