Nearly 500 firefighters battle 406-acre wildfire

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LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) — California fire bosses say a wind-driven 406-acre wildfire east of Lone Pine should be surrounded on Wednesday.

The Inyo County blaze broke out Sunday morning north of State Route 136 in the high desert Owens Valley river bottom about 200 miles north of Los Angeles. Winds were clocked at about 25 mph.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that the fire is 75 percent contained and it is expected to be fully surrounded on Wednesday.

No structures are threatened.

Nearly 500 firefighters are battling the flames.

Cal Fire spokesman Bill Peters says there is no active flame. The fire burned grass and salt weed, which has an extensive root system requiring firefighters to dig deep to snuff embers.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

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