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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Firefighters are braced for drier weather today, but remnants of a tropical storm have helped them gain ground on a blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.
Yesterday, crews managed to double containment on the nearly 4,200-acre fire to 48 percent.
A spokesman for the Angeles National Forest Spokesman says the fire has been stopped along the southern containment line where structures were threatened. He says permanent residents of the small community of Camp Williams will be allowed to return to their homes today.
Fire officials say the vegetation on the steep slopes in the Angeles National Forest hasn't burned in 15 or 20 years.
Nearly 1,300 firefighters are fighting the blaze. At least five of them have been injured on the treacherous terrain, but the injuries are described as minor.
The National Weather Service says there's a 25 percent chance of more thunderstorms in the area today. However, the weekend forecast calls for higher temperatures and lower humidity.
Posted: Thursday, September 6 2012, 10:47 AM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Fallin signs bill to spend $45M on tornado relief
May 24, 2013 19:07 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that will allow the state to access $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help communities recover from tornado damage.
Fallin on Friday signed a bill that the House and Senate passed unanimously in the wake of the deadly tornado that raked across the state on Monday, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds more.
It allows the state to use the money to match federal disaster funds and for other "disaster-related assistance."
The state's Rainy Day Fund, a constitutional reserve fund, currently has a balance of about $577 million. Up to 25 percent of the money can be accessed to pay for emergency-related expenses. The rest is reserved for when the state experiences budget shortfalls.
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