Thursday, May 10, 2007

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Catalina Fire Burns 400 Acres, Evacuations Ordered

Catalina Island Brush Fire
Evacuations are under way on Catalina Island where a wind-driven wildfire has burned more than 400 acres.


(AP) AVALON, Calif. Evacuations are under way on Catalina Island where a wind-driven wildfire has burned more than 400 acres.

L.A. County fire Captain Ron Haralson says the fire is moving southeast toward the town of Avalon, prompting evacuation of residents from hilltop homes. The island's school and hospital voluntarily evacuated.

The blaze erupted about 12:30 p.m. five miles east of the island's Airport in the Sky. Fire officials say it's being fanned by winds moving at 15 miles per hour with gusts of up to 20 miles per hour.

More than 100 firefighters, aided by four water-dropping helicopters are battling the blaze. Crews and fire engines are being flown to the island by a Navy hovercraft.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

CBS 2 - KCAL 9 - Los Angeles - Southern California - LA Breaking News: "Catalina Fire Burns 400 Acres, Evacuations Ordered
Catalina Island Brush Fire CBS
Evacuations are under way on Catalina Island where a wind-driven wildfire has burned more than 400 acres."
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