Fire near Banning 80 percent contained

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BANNING, Calif. (AP) — An 11-day-old wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest north of Banning is now 80 percent contained.

The U.S. Forest Service says firefighters Wednesday will patrol the nearly 6-square-mile fire for hotspots and will continue to build containment lines.

The blaze broke out June 9 near Hathaway Canyon and burned into remote and steep terrain. The cause remains under investigation.

Nearly 600 firefighters remain assigned to the fire, assisted by four helicopters and an airplane, as well as engines, bulldozers and water tenders.

Full containment is expected by June 25.

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