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Sep 3, 2009 8:21 AM by Raquel Maria Dillon

California residents return to survey fire damage

Bulldozers are carving fire breaks along the southeast flank of a menacing 219-square-mile Southern California wildfire to keep a flare-up of flames away from foothill homes in Pasadena, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Duarte and Monrovia.

Fire spokeswoman Jennifer Sanchez said early Thursday that the vegetation-clearing construction of containment lines is designed to keep flames in remote mountain areas above the cities, adding "dozer lines have been successful." She says 12,000 homes are threatened.

Full containment is expected Sept. 15. Additionally, a firefighting force atop Mount Wilson has managed to keep flames from reaching communications infrastructure and a historic observatory.

The wildfire, now in its eighth day, has burned 140,150 acres and destroyed 64 homes.

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