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CA wildfires worsen

Despite better weather, one wildfire in California prompted more evacuations.

BY HEATHER MOYER | HAPPY VALLEY, Calif. | July 14, 2004

Despite better weather conditions, one wildfire in Southern California prompted more evacuations Wednesday.

In northern Los Angeles County, a 4,700-acre fire in the Angeles National Forest closed down a residential road, forcing the evacuation of 500 people.

"That evacuation was voluntary, but we closed the road, so really no one can get back in," said Candace Hamilton, spokesperson for the Angeles National Forest.

The fire is now up to 46% contained thanks to higher humidity and calmer winds, but some 220 structures are still threatened.

The good weather helped firefighters battle several other Southern California blazes.

In Riverside County, a 5,000-acre wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest is now 50% contained due to the help firefighters received from lower temperatures and higher humidity. On Monday, the fire had forced the evacuation of two campgrounds.

Neither wildfire has destroyed any structures.

The U.S. wildfire season is in full swing, so far, with wildfires raging in Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.

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