Angeles National Forest

Fire That Evacuated Hundreds of Campers Now 35 Percent Contained

The Pine Fire broke out just north of Wrightwood around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Evacuation orders were lifted for two of the four camping areas affected by the Pine Fire in the Angeles National Forest, which destroyed 200 acres and was 35 percent contained as of Saturday night.

Some campers were able to retrieve items left behind when the fire broke out north of Wrightwood just before 10 p.m Friday, forcing four organized camps, four campgrounds, and as many as 300 people to evacuate.

Ninety Girl Scouts and about 130 deaf and hearing-impaired children were among the campers evacuated after the fire threatened structures, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Some area residents, like cabin owner Larry Teberg, chose not to evacuate during the fire.

"I was watching the impact and seeing where the smoke was going from the fire," Teberg said. "And it wasn't coming directly towards me so I wasn't so concerned."

Mount Kare and McClellan Flats campgrounds remained under evacuation order Saturday, while thunder and lightning temporarily stalled firefighting efforts.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

A separate Southern California brush fire played havoc with the Friday afternoon commute when it jumped a freeway in the Cajon Pass. The 3,500-acre North Fire infrerno stranded, then consumed, cars on the I-15 Freeway; burned homes and prompted other evacuations.

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