Fire burns 1,500 acres in Southern CA wilderness

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection air tanker dropping fire retardant. (AP Photo)

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection air tanker dropping fire retardant. (AP Photo)

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that started on an Indian reservation in Riverside County has burned at least 1,500 acres but officials say it isn’t threatening any homes.

The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze in the San Bernardino National Forest is 15 percent contained Monday.

It erupted on Sunday and is burning in heavy brush and trees near the Morongo Indian Reservation and the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

About 1,000 firefighters, aided by more than a dozen aircraft, are battling the flames in steep, rugged and remote terrain.

Authorities say smoke and ash are drifting toward the areas of Big Bear and Lucerne Valley.

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