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  • Fire near Carrizo not quite fully contained

  • Fire burning in very remote area, helicopters carrying firefighters to scene
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  • Firefighters have just about stopped the brush fire burning west of Carrizo Plain National Monument, but they aren't ready to call it controlled yet.
    It is in very steep, rugged terrain, firefighters say
    The United States Forest Service says the Branch Fire, burning in the area of Branch Mountain in the Los Padres National Forest, is about 90 percent contained and holding at 515 acres, but won't be fully controlled until sometime Wednesday evening.
    It is in very steep, rugged terrain, firefighters say.
    Helicopters are being used both to drop water on the fire and to transport firefighters to the scene.
    The fire broke out Saturday about 5:30 p.m. in a remote area south of Highway 58 and southwest of California Valley.
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