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Hundreds Evacuated From Marek Wildland Fire; 750 Acres Scorched*

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A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop near Kagel Canyon on Sunday October 12, 2008 | © Jonathan Alcorn

At least two residences and three motor homes were destroyed this morning in the Marek Wildland Fire, which broke out around 2 a.m. in the rugged Angeles National Forest about 20 miles northeast of downtown LA.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated from Lopez and Kagel Canyons and 900 firefighting personnel are on the scene and in the air, according to InciWeb.

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Winds from the north are keeping the fire away from a nearby animal sanctuary and rehabilitation facility. The 160-acre Wildlife Waystation houses more than 400 animals, including lions, bears and deer.

* The fire was 20 percent contained as of 2:55 p.m.,The fire was 10 percent contained as of 10:20 a.m. however, strong Santa Ana winds were expected to pickup throughout LA County through Tuesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tune into KNX 1070 AM for the latest or stream via this link.

Recommended reading: "The Science Behind LAFD Fire Weather," LAFD Blog, 10/10/08