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Lake Isabella fire 35 percent contained

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POSTED June 20, 2012 8:30 p.m.

LAKE ISABELLA  (AP) — A 300-acre fire near popular Lake Isabella is 35 percent contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said Wednesday.

About 650 firefighters were battling the blaze on the northwest side of the lake and 200 more were on their way, said Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill.

About 160 structures, including homes and cabins, and a campground near Sequoia National Park were evacuated Tuesday evening, but no structures have burned and no injuries have been reported, Thill said.

Area residents were expected to be allowed back in their homes at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The campground would reopen Friday morning.

Thill said authorities are seeking witnesses to suspicious activity in the French Gulch Bridge area as they investigate the fire.

In San Diego County, a 995-acre, 3-day-old wildfire near Campo was 95 percent contained, said Capt. Mike Mohler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday and residents from 150 homes have all been allowed to return.

Full containment was expected Wednesday night or Thursday morning, he said.

One mobile home and one recreational vehicle were destroyed. Two minor firefighter injuries were reported.

The Campo fire started about 2 p.m. Sunday near the Golden Acorn Casino and sent flames burning along Old Highway 80.

Causes for both fires were under investigation.


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