California wildfire burns deeper into heavy vegetation

California wildfire burns deeper into heavy vegetation

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Firefighters battle a fire at the Macro Plastics Plant in Fairfield, Calif., on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. The six-alarm fire in the eastern San Francisco Bay area city sent black smoke billowing hundreds of feet into the air, but no injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Eric Peralta)

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The Associated Press

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 1:58 AM

LOS COYOTES INDIAN RESERVATION, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters are facing hotter air and lower humidity today as they try to get a handle on a 13,700-acre wildfire on a California Indian reservation.

The 21-square-mile wildfire on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation in San Diego County is burning further into steep and rugged terrain, churning through heavy vegetation in an area with no known history of fire.

Earlier, seven air tankers flew over areas just ahead of fire lines in an effort to thwart the advance of flames while 20 helicopters bombarded hot spots with water drops. More than 2,100 firefighters are fighting the blaze.

Firefighters have surrounded 45 percent of the fire with no estimate on full containment.

The blaze was not expected to threaten any structures or populated areas, but changing winds could send smoke into one community.

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