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Crown Fire nears containment at 87 percent

August 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters are getting close to gaining full control of the massive blaze that tore through the hills near Palmdale.

As of Sunday morning, the Crown Fire was 87 percent contained, and full containment is expected on Monday.

The fire has charred approximately 13,918 acres and destroyed nine structures, including four homes.

All evacuation orders have been lifted, but air quality officials issued a smoke advisory in the Antelope Valley area due to the lingering dense smoke in the region.

Officials are warning residents to stay inside and avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities. This is especially a concern for people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children.

The fire, which was reported on Thursday afternoon, is believed to have been started in the Agua Dulce area by crews working to remove a tire rim near the origin of the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

On Friday night, residents of 500 homes in Rancho Vista were told to "shelter in place" -- to remain in their homes and heed any future warnings. The advisory was withdrawn Saturday, and most roads were reopened.

Elizabeth Lake Road was reopened to residents with identification between Godde Hill Road and 25th Street West. Also, Godde Hill Road is open to residents only from Elizabeth Lake Road to 60th Street West and Avenue N.

CNS contributed to this report.


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