Firefighters make progress battling Calif wildfire

Taylor Higgins

Firefighters make progress battling Calif wildfire

CREATED Aug. 11, 2013

BANNING, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters continued to make progress overnight battling Southern California's latest destructive wildfire, which burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto (hah-SIN'-toh) Mountains.
   
Fire officials in Riverside County say the more than 30-square-mile Silver Fire has stopped advancing and is now 75 percent contained. Officials say they expect to have it fully contained tomorrow.
   
The blaze injured 10 firefighters and seriously burned a mountain biker who was overrun by the fast-moving flames when the fire erupted Wednesday.
   
At its peak, the fire forced the evacuation of 1,800 people, including 800 campers. Evacuation orders for several communities remain in effect. Some campgrounds and trails are also closed.

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