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Oak Glen Fire Grows to 900 Acres; Cottonwood Fire Subsides

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Although authorities were hoping to keep the Oak Glen III Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains to at least 600 acres before knocking it down, last night it flared up aggressively, burning 900 acres, according to the Fire Information Line at the San Bernardino National Forest. It remains at zero percent containment. The blaze, east of Yucaipa, began yesterday around 1:45 p.m. south of Oak Glen, prompting a mandatory evacuation of some 2,000 homes and structures in the the south and southeast areas of the unincorporated town. Oak Glen Road is closed between Casa Blanca Street in Yucaipa and Wildwood Canyon in Oak Glen. Evacuees can go to the Yucaipa Community Center. The Cottonwood Fire between Hemet and Idyllwild remains at 2,409 acres with 95 percent containment. Full containment is expected by tonight.