Fire Chars 3,000 Acres In National Forest

FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (May 16, 2013)--Cooler temperatures and lighter winds Thursday were helping hundreds of firefighters battling a 3,000-acre wildfire that has blackened rugged terrain in the Los Padres National Forest.

The fire broke out Wednesday and quickly charred 3,000 acres of dry, thick trees, despite a heavy aerial effort to beat back flames in the largely unpopulated area.

The fire was 10 percent contained early Thursday.

No structures were threatened although a high school was evacuated as a precaution.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire near Interstate 5 through Frazier Park, where Kern and northern Los Angeles counties meet, could be fanned by winds that could reach speeds as high as 35 miles per hour Thursday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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