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Mountain fire in California now 91 percent contained

July 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM   |   Comments

IDYLLWILD, Calif., July 24 (UPI) -- The area burned by the Mountain fire in Southern California now faces mudslides and debris flows, the Riverside County Fire Department warned Wednesday.

The wildfire, which has been burning since July 15 near Idyllwild, is now 91 percent contained, fire officials said. Full containment was forecast for Friday.

Rain has aided the firefighting effort. But the loss of plant cover on steep slopes has created new dangers because there is nothing to hold soil in place.

A voluntary evacuation order was issued for an area in Apple Canyon.

The fire burned in mountainous terrain with much of the area unreachable by road. That slowed the firefighting effort.

Scores of houses and other buildings have been destroyed.

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