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Sheep Fire Grows as Containment Increases

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Forest Service officials announced tonight that containment of the Sheep Fire reached 30 percent as scorched acreage grew slightly to 7,824 acres.

Earlier this afternoon, Caltrans reopened Highway 138 as Highway 2 remained closed. Mandatory evacuations also remained in place as of 6 p.m. and schools within the Snowline School District will be closed tomorrow.

Despite various and humorous Twitter reports, the Sheep Fire was not caused by sheep or anything as such. The blaze began Saturday afternoon near Sheep Canyon near Lytle Creek in the section of the San Bernardino National Forest on the San Gabriel Mountains.