Firefighters Battle 2 Blazes in Canyons of San Bernardino National Forest

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A firefighter from the U.S. Forest Service monitors flare-ups along the Santa Ana River Trail while battling the 15,000-acre Lake fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Two wildfires continued to burn Friday in the San Bernardino National Forest, challenging firefighters as flames crept down steep canyons and into dense vegetation inaccessible by foot.

The larger blaze, the Lake fire, has burned about 25,599 acres since it started June 17 south of Highway 38 and pushed northeast deeper into the forest toward Heartbreak Ridge.

Crews had made significant gains containing the blaze earlier this week but a wind shift Wednesday steered the fire into new, drought-parched fuel, authorities said.
The Lake fire is now 19% contained and has cost an estimated $17.6 million to fight so far, the U.S. Forest Service said.

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