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Southern California firefighters battle 2 fires 30 miles apart along Interstate 5

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters have spent three days battling a stubborn wildfire in rough terrain north of Los Angeles. Now, a second and more serious blaze has broken out 30 miles away.

The new fire quickly spread to more than 500 acres, briefly threatening an elementary school and leading to the precautionary evacuation of nearly 20 homes.

The new fire was burning very close to Interstate 5 during some of the busiest hours of the week for the heavily traveled route in and out of Los Angeles.

Crews have been helped by relatively mild temperatures, but unpredictable winds and very difficult terrain have made progress slow.

The earlier fire that broke out Wednesday is 35 percent contained after consuming more than 4,000 acres. While it is not threatening homes or buildings, fire officials say containing it will be a long, difficult task because of the rugged and hard-to-reach terrain.

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