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Sheep Fire 90 percent contained

October 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters in San Bernardino County have the Sheep Fire 90 percent contained Friday morning.Full containment is expected on Saturday.

The fire broke out last Saturday near Lytle Creek, west of the 15 Freeway.

It scorched more than 7,100 acres and destroyed five homes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

More than 750 firefighters are still working on the fire, which has cost more than $7 million to fight.

Eight firefighters have been injured while battling the blaze.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted. Only residents with ID are being allowed into Swarthout Canyon and Lone Pine Canyon. Roadblocks are in place at Lone Pine Canyon Road south of Wrightwood, Lone Pine Canyon Road at Highway 138, and Swarthout Canyon Road at Cajon Boulevard.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Interstate 15 to the 14 Freeway. Hikers on the PCT may use State Highway 138 as an alternate route.

A forest closure order has been issued for the Sheep Fire, prohibiting the public from entering the burn area. The closure order is in effect through November 8.

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