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Crown Fire 62% Contained, Firefighters Face Hot Temps, Winds Today

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Thanks to cool temps overnight and calmer winds, firefighters have been able to achieve 62% containment of the Crown Fire that has been burning in the Palmdale area since Thursday afternoon, according to LA Now.

So far a total of nine structures have been destroyed, and three firefighters have sustained minor injuries. Approximately 1,320 firefighters are working to control the blaze that has now devoured nearly 14,000 acres of northern Los Angeles County.

Because of the threat that remains to about 2,300 homes, as well as dozens of commercial buildings and over 100 outbuildings, many people who left their residences and businesses are unable to return due to road closures, though there are no mandatory evacuation orders in place.

Dry weather and steep terrain make for a challenging battleground. Crews are optimistic they can keep the fire contained, despite the promise this afternoon of hotter temperatures and forecast wind gusts.