Firefighters close to getting ring around wildfire

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LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) — Gusty winds have delayed containment of a 408-acre wildfire in the high desert Lone Pine area.

The Inyo County blaze broke out Sunday morning north of State Route 136 in the Owens Valley river bottom about 200 miles north of Los Angeles.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection expected to have the blaze surrounded by Wednesday, but gusty winds kicked up hotspots.

The blaze was 90 percent surrounded early Thursday and fire bosses expected full containment later in the day. Eighty firefighters are battling the fire.

No structures are threatened.

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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