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Sep 5, 2009 9:49 AM by Associated Press

Deadly LA wildfire creeps deeper into forest

The ferocious wildfire burning north of Los Angeles is now a creeping giant, steadily chewing through thick and dry chaparral on its eastern flank. While crews report good progress, the blaze that's claimed the lives of two firefighters is still far from being fully contained.

The huge wildfire has burned through 241 square miles of the Angeles National Forest. It's 42 percent contained. More than 76 homes and dozens of other structures have been destroyed. Investigators have determined that the fire was deliberately started. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.

The weekend weather forecast calls for cooler temperatures and slightly higher humidity.

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