Apple Fire now at 28,000 acres, remains 30% contained

The Apple Fire in Cherry Valley has burned more than 27,000 acres as of Aug. 5. Valley News/Colby Morain photo
CHERRY VALLEY (CNS) - Contending with elevated winds and inhospitable terrain, hundreds of firefighters today continued a slow advance around the 28,000-acre Apple Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, where a crewman suffered a head injury on the fire lines. The blaze, which is now 30% contained, is extending on a northeast track at roughly mile-high elevations in the area of Millard Canyon, according to the U.S. Forest Service. An estimated 28,085 acres have burned. Shortly before noon, a member of one of the hand crews working to dig containment lines was under a tree when a branch toppled onto his head, according to reports from the scene. The firefighter was aided by medics at the location but required further attention and was taken to a staging area, where he was repo
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