No containment of Southern California wildfire

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) – Crews are using aircraft to try to control a raging forest fire south of Los Angeles.

There is no containment Tuesday morning of the blaze churning through the Cleveland National Forest.

Aircraft are dropping retardant across ridgelines to keep fire from racing down hillsides toward residential communities.

Flames that erupted Monday have scorched more than 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of dry brush and timber. Two rural canyons and some campgrounds have been evacuated.

No homes are immediately threatened but officials warn that smoke could blanket neighborhoods and create unhealthy conditions.

Firefighters are working in rugged terrain amid scorching temperatures that have prompted warnings about excessive heat and extreme fire danger for much of the region.

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