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Sep 26, 2009 8:34 AM by Associated Press

Santa Ana winds die down; California wildfire 85 percent contained

A 27-square-mile Southern California wildfire is 85 percent contained. The Santa Ana winds that fanned it have faded away.

The 17,500-acre blaze is burning between the cities of Moorpark and Fillmore in Ventura County. Firefighters hope to have it fully surrounded sometime Sunday. No homes have been lost. The fire burned through land interspersed with orchards, farms and ranches, but fire officials don't believe there were significant agricultural losses.

Elsewhere in Southern California, a new fire broke out Friday afternoon in the Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County. The blaze has burned 75 acres and is 85 percent contained. No homes were damaged and none are threatened.

Meanwhile, San Bernardino County prosecutors have filed unspecified charges against a 16-year-old boy suspected in more than a dozen arson wildfires.

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