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MAN GETS YEAR IN JAIL FOR DEATH OF HIS DOG: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A Sacramento man convicted of dragging his dog down a street while it was tied to the back of his pickup truck has been ordered to serve time in jail.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Phillip "Mohammed" Jackson was sentenced to a year in jail Friday for the death of his pit bull terrier.

Sacramento County prosecutors say after Jackson had an argument with a friend one day last October, he drove off in is truck, apparently unaware that the dog, tethered in the bed of the truck, had fallen out.

The female dog named Lovely suffered severe injuries after being dragged. Prosecutors say Jackson dropped the dog off at a friend's house, instead of taking the dog for treatment.

OFFICIALS SAY 7 HOMES BURNED IN FIRE NEAR COVELO: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials say seven homes and nine outbuildings have been destroyed in a fire that's been burning since Aug. 18 in a rugged area of Mendocino County.

Fire spokeswoman Kate Kramer says the increase in the number structures burned in the North Pass fire comes as crews over the weekend found more destroyed buildings in the remote area.

Twenty-one homes and five commercial buildings are also considered threatened, though Kramer says the buildings are not in immediate danger of being consumed by the flames.

Meanwhile, the more than 1,600 firefighters on the scene are making progress in getting containment lines around the blaze.

WILDFIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS IN SAN GABRIEL MTNS: GLENDORA  (AP) — A wildfire has broken out in the San Gabriel Mountains, burning at least 400 acres and sending a huge cloud of smoke that's visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy said the fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. Sunday near State Route 39 above the city of Glendora. He said it has forced the evacuation of three campgrounds in the area.

Judy said about 200 firefighters, aided by four water-dropping helicopters and four airtankers, are attacking the blaze.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

In 2009, a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest killed two firefighters, destroyed 89 homes and blackened 250 square miles. The Station Fire was the largest in Los Angeles County history.