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I-5 BLAZE CONTAINED; FIREFIGHTERS QUELLING LAST OF HOT SPOTS.

Byline: Orith Goldberg Staff Writer

Angeles National Forest fire crews on Thursday continued mopping a series of fires that had fused into a 350-acre blaze near the Golden State Freeway, officials said.

Four fires were ignited about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday by sparks from a lumber truck's exhaust. The sparks apparently ignited the truck's cargo as well, because the driver stopped his truck north of Templin Highway to extinguish the burning lumber. He gave his name to a passer-by then continued on because he was late in delivering his load, deputies said.

The blaze burned for eight hours about two miles north of Templin Highway before it was contained by crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service. The truck also sparked a quarter-acre fire on the southbound side of the freeway near Vista Del Lago, and a five-acre fire south of Gorman, officials said.

About 180 Forest Service firefighters remained in the area Thursday, said county fire Inspector Ed Osorio.

``They are extinguishing hot spots within the burn,'' he said.

Two Forest Service firefighters were transported Wednesday to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for bee stings and smoke inhalation and released, officials said.

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Photo: (1 -- color) U.S. Forestry Service crew works on hot spots north of Castaic, near southbound Interstate 5. The fire was contained early Thursday

(2 -- color) Charles Kott, U.S. Forestry Service, drinks water during the crew's mop-up operation.

Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer
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