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Sep 3, 2009 12:12 PM by Associated Press

Fire flares up in Southern California

A massive wildfire near Los Angeles has flared up and a new evacuation order has been issued for homes in a remote canyon.

John Huschke of the U.S. Forest Service says 15 to 20 homes were ordered evacuated at around 4 a.m. Thursday as winds pushed flames into Pacoima Canyon northeast of Los Angeles. The canyon lies in a 5-mile gap in firelines that crews hope to close later in the day.

All other evacuation orders have been lifted.

Elsewhere, crews made good progress overnight against the 219-square-mile fire that's destroyed 64 homes. Authorities say it still threatens 12,000 homes.

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