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Firefighters Battle Wildfire In Mojave National Preserve

A fire burning in the area of Cima Dome in the Mojave National Preserve has charred several thousand acres.

Cima Road, a main road through the preserve, was closed on Sunday. And a thunderstorm brought lightning that sparked several small blazes in Northern California on Sunday and stoked a wildfire that has forced hundreds of people from their homes north of Los Angeles.

More than 4,500 buildings remained threatened by the fire, burning toward thick, dry brush in the Angeles National Forest. Firefighters already battling the blaze in steep, rugged terrain faced more hurdles when hundreds of lightning strikes and winds up to 15 mph pushed the flames uphill.

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The Lake Fire, about 65 miles north of LA near Lake Hughes was just 12% contained Sunday and has burned nearly 28 square miles of brush and trees. Fire officials said 33 buildings had been destroyed, including at least a dozen homes.