Light rains, lower temps aid battle against Williams blaze

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Firefighters are braced for drier weather today, but remnants of a tropical storm have helped them gain ground on a blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

Yesterday, crews managed to double containment on the nearly 4,200-acre fire to 48 percent.

A spokesman for the Angeles National Forest Spokesman says the fire has been stopped along the southern containment line where structures were threatened. He says permanent residents of the small community of Camp Williams will be allowed to return to their homes today.

Fire officials say the vegetation on the steep slopes in the Angeles National Forest hasn’t burned in 15 or 20 years.

Nearly 1,300 firefighters are fighting the blaze. At least five of them have been injured on the treacherous terrain, but the injuries are described as minor.

The National Weather Service says there’s a 25 percent chance of more thunderstorms in the area today. However, the weekend forecast calls for higher temperatures and lower humidity.

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