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Yucaipa fire burns through California amid broiling heat wave

Yucaipa fire scorched 200 acres of brush and threatened homes in San Bernardino County in California. Firefighters worked to combat the Yucaipa fire in high temperatures as much of California broils under a massive heat wave.

By Associated Press / June 29, 2013

Steve Howard, of Lafayette, La., does a 30 mile training run from Badwater to Furnace Creek in Death Vally National Park Friday, June 28, 2013 in Badwater, Calif. The Yucaipa fire burned up hillsides toward large homes in the community of Mentone northwest of Yucaipa.

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Yucaipa, Calif.

Fire officials believe they are getting a handle on a wildfire that threatened homes in San Bernardino County while firefighters worked to push back flames in sweltering heat.

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Cal Fire spokesman Bill Peters tells the Sun newspaper (http://bit.ly/18lIts5) a lot of the heavy fire is out Friday night, but many hot spots remain. No structural damage or injuries have been reported.

Earlier aerial shots on KCAL-TV showed flames burning up hillsides toward large homes in the community of Mentone northwest of Yucaipa.

Water-dropping helicopters made passes over flames ripping through dry chaparral and across grass fields. At least 350 acres of brush burned in the blaze that broke out around 2 p.m.

Dozens of homes in the Olive Trail area near Highway 38 were evacuated.

Temperatures topped out at 106 degrees in the area as much of California broils under a massive heat wave.

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