2012-09-04 / World

Forest fire could burn for a week

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — It could be a week before firefighters can contain a 3,600-acre blaze in the Angeles National Forest because of high temperatures and rugged terrain in thick brush that hasn’t burned in a couple of decades.

The cause of the fire that started Sunday afternoon in the San Gabriel Mountains, spoiling holiday hiking and camping plans for thousands, has not been determined.

A burned car was found in the area, but it isn’t clear if it started the fire or was just destroyed by the flames, officials said.

No structures have burned and, although four injuries have been reported, no one has been hospitalized.

Campgrounds that typically attract up to 12,000 visitors on the holiday weekend, as well as rehabilitation centers and a private mobile home community of Camp Williams Resort, were evacuated Sunday. About 30 of the 75 residents of the mobile home park chose to remain with their homes.

Daniel Burress, 68, known to park residents as “Grandpa,” said he has never evacuated, even when wildfires were far closer.

“I’m a Vietnam vet,” Burress told the Los Angeles Times. “So this doesn’t scare me at all.”

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