Williams Fire: 15 Percent Contained After Day Two

Firefighters in the Angeles National Forest worked overnight to strengthen containment lines in the mountainous terrain.

The U.S. Forest Service said containment of a wildfire that has scorched more than 4,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest had slowly improved by Tuesday morning.

Fire efforts had not budged from 5 percent containment all day Monday, but saw an improvement to 15 percent after the second day of fire efforts.

Fire officials say full containment may not be reached until Sept. 13, given the steep, rugged terrain of the mountains.

Officials have been counting on winds to remain low, although temperatures, in the mid 90s today, continue to be warm and with low humidity.

Fire officials said efforts have been focused on protecting structures in the Camp Williams area. No structures have been reported destroyed by the fire.

The fire is reported to have been sparked around 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the Camp Williams trailer park near East Fork Road off of Route 39, according to L’Tanga Watson of the U.S. Forest Service. The wildfire spread uncontrollably, fueled by dry chaparral 15 to 20 years old.

Nearly 800 firefighters are currently fighting the blaze, and 14 aircrafts are being deployed to the area, including air tankers and water-dropping helicopters, according to authorities.

Authorities say the fire continues to move north into the wilderness area and does not appear threaten nearby communities.


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