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Southern California fire burns 90 acres

Image of the Hesperia, California wildfire burning in San Bernardino County on Monday. It was 50% contained as of late Monday. Photo by San Bernardino County Fire Department/UPI
Image of the Hesperia, California wildfire burning in San Bernardino County on Monday. It was 50% contained as of late Monday. Photo by San Bernardino County Fire Department/UPI

June 7 (UPI) -- San Bernardino firefighters were able to slow the forward progress of a wildfire that started Monday near Hesperia, Calif., after one person was injured and the blaze burned through about 90 acres of vegetation, officials said.

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze that burned through the night east of Highway 138 and the emergency crew continued to fight the fire into Tuesday but had it 50% contained. Officials did not release additional information on the person injured.

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San Bernardino County Fire Department Capt. Jeremy Kern said weather played a factor in helping slow down the fire, which also destroyed one structure. The cause of the fire remained under investigation on Tuesday.

"Winds have died down, so fire activity has died down," Kern told the San Bernardino Sun. "But we still have a lot of open fire line to secure."

Southern California is experiencing record heat. The National Weather Service warned that extreme heat in the Apple and Lucerne valleys in Southern California will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for that outside.

Dry and windy conditions are expected to persist the remainder of the week with warm conditions, and gusty winds affecting the interior areas of Southwest California Tuesday through Sunday.

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