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Three people injured in growing wildfire

August 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Three residents have been injured in a growing wildfire that's sending massive billows of smoke into the sky north of Los Angeles.The fire nearly tripled in size today while knocking out power to homes and prompting evacuations in a number of mountain communities. Mandatory evacuations have been extended along the northwestern edge of Altadena, Glendale, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon. Forest Service spokesman Bruce Quintelier said it's not clear how many residents were ordered to leave.

The flames burned increasingly lower down the slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains, threatening more than 2,000 homes in the La Canada Flintridge area. Fire burned right up to houses, but no structures were destroyed. At least 150 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders there.

More than 31 square miles of dry forest has been scorched by the fire, which continued to move out in all directions. Quintelier said the most active flanks are to the north, deeper into the forest, and east. The blaze was only 5 percent contained.

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