Firefighters gaining on blaze in Angeles Forest

Monday May 13, 2002

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Firefighters started to gain the upper-hand Sunday against a 4,000-acre wildfire fueled by stiff winds and dry, hot conditions, fire officials said. 

The fire raging in a forest north of Los Angeles was 60 percent contained by 6 p.m. and no homes were threatened, said Gary Wise, supervising fire dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Mild winds and a drop in temperature to 80 degrees Sunday afternoon helped firefighters gain control of the blaze. 

“By tomorrow night, we expect to have it 80 percent contained,” Wise said.