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Butler II Fire About Halfway Contained

(AP) – Fire crews have managed to surround most of a wildfire that forced hundreds of people to flee the mountaintop community of Fawnskin in the San Bernardino National Forest.

But despite the progress, firefighters are bracing for strong winds tomorrow, with gusts forecast up to 35 miles per hour.

A U.S. Forest Service spokesman says about 340 residents of the Fawnskin area remain evacuated. Voluntary evacuations were called off today in the Green Valley Lake, Lucerne Valley, Running Springs and Arrowbear communities.

The blaze has charred nearly 15,000 acres and is 86% contained.

In eastern San Diego County, a wildfire northeast of Julian that burned 850 acres is now 95% surrounded. It’s expected to be fully contained tomorrow evening.

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KESQ News Team

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