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860-acre Pendleton Fire fully contained

September 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Pendleton Fire is 100 percent contained after scorching 860 acres. At its peak, the blaze about 90 miles east of Los Angeles forced 2,100 people to evacuate.The fire damaged a house and burned an outbuilding.

The Oak Glen Fire is 90 percent contained on Thursday after burning 1,159 acres.

Firefighters expect full containment of the Oak Glen Fire by Monday. The fire destroyed one home, damaged another and burned an outbuilding.

At its height, that fire threatened 2,000 homes.

Both fires have been quiet for a day and all evacuations have been canceled.

Firefighters were able to beat back both the Pendleton and Oak Glen fires without losing a single home.

Devon Riley owns one of the many orchards in Oak Glen. Besides not losing any homes, Riley doesn't think they lost one apple tree either.

"Fortunately I think the hand of God was in it because it avoided the greenest, prettiest trees ... the cedar trees are still here," said Riley. "And all the scenic vistas are all still here."

However the fire could have become a major disaster if it crossed into the San Bernardino National Forest.

"If it were to cross Oak Glen Road, not only were we going to endanger the majority of the community of Oak Glen, we were going to have a very dynamic fire situation that was going to go several thousand more acres because of inaccessibility," said Battalion Chief Steve Beach, CAL FIRE.

There will be a community meeting for residents affected by the two fires at 6 p.m. at the Yucaipa Community Center.

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