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Firefighters worked Tuesday to prevent a fire smoldering in rugged terrain northeast of Castaic in the Angeles National Forest from flaring anew.

The Warm Fire, which was reported around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and destroyed half a dozen vacant structures, was 75 percent contained this morning, having blackened 300 acres, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

Four firefighters were injured, USFS spokesman Mark Peebles said. One suffered a leg injury, another was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of dehydration, and the other two were treated for heat-related ailments.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The fire today is “smoldering  and creeping,” Peebles said. “You can’t see it but all it would take is a strong wind event or (fire) material to get outside the fire line for it to get established again.”

The fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of Lake Hughes and Warm Springs roads, authorities said.

At least some of the burned vacant structures appeared to be at the shuttered Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center in the 38200 block of Lake Hughes Road, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Allen.

About 170 firefighters and support personnel were on the scene, the USFS reported.

—City News Service



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