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Smaller, but Threatening Fires Continue to Burn in Inland Empire

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Three fires continue to burn east of Los Angeles, most notably the so-called La Sierra Fire in Norco at the Riverside border. As of this morning, the fire was 90 percent contained while firefighters continued to douse hot spots throughout the 160 acre burn area. Two firefighters suffered injuries--one a burn to his face, another experienced heat exhaustion.

A nearby smaller fire in Riverside along the Santa Ana River was 50 percent contained as of last night.

In Redlands, a 17-acre blaze was 50 percent contained as of early last night. Two homes were damaged and one firefighter suffered a heat-related injury.

Weather in the area is predicted to top triple digits with a high of 105. Then add more wind to that. "We'll probably see gusts this morning to 40 miles per hour in parts of the Inland Empire," said a National Weather Service spokesperson. "Sustained winds 20 to 30 miles per hour, especially in the foothills and canyons."