Wildfires Burning Up And Down California; Big Bear Lake Blaze Grows To 15,000 Acres

Re-post from CBS.

CBS San Francisco

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Hot, dry California was beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, though most areas dodged any serious destruction.

As firefighters knocked down dozens of small brush fires from north to south, a fleet of helicopters took on what was by far the largest of the wildfires, in the San Bernardino Mountains.

That blaze grew to more than 20 square miles and was 10 percent contained as it pushed east through dense, old-growth wilderness in the towering mountain range that lies between inland cities east of Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert.

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Helicopters were considered the best option for attacking the fire. Weather conditions were too turbulent for air tankers, said Lyn Sieliet, a U.S. Forest Service fire spokeswoman.

About 1,200 firefighters were working the blaze. None had been reported injured since…

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