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Sep 4, 2009 8:57 AM by Raquel Maria Dillon

Firefighters gaining on Los Angeles-area wildfire

Fire bosses say they are making progress in taming the 226-square-mile arson fire north of Los Angeles that has led to a homicide investigation into the deaths of two firefighters.

Fire spokesman John Huschke said early Friday that "it's pretty quiet" on the fire lines as hand crews and bulldozers clear a containment line around fire's perimeter. The blaze is 38 percent surrounded.

Investigators say the 11-day-old wildfire - one of the largest in Southern California's history - was an act of arson. An unidentified source close to the investigation tells the Los Angeles Times that evidence along Angeles Crest Highway includes incendiary material.

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