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Summit Fire Threatens Homes Near Resort, Crews Gain Ground On Rough Fire

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(AP) - At least 400 homes remain threatened as crews increase containment of a wildfire burning through timber near a popular ski resort in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Water cannons usually used for making snow were pointed at the fire burning near Snow Summit resort in Big Bear Lake, about 100 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Firefighters working through the night held the blaze to about 100 acres. It is 30 percent contained early Monday.

The resort was open for mountain biking and scenic ski-lift rides before closing for the fire that broke out Sunday afternoon.

Evacuation orders are in place for up to 500 homes, many of them cabins and vacation houses.

All schools within the Bear Valley Unified School District are closed Monday. Several mountain roads are off-limits.

Meanwhile in Fresno County, firefighters are gaining some ground against the "Rough Fire," a wildfire burning in Kings Canyon National Park that led to the evacuation of thousands of people and destroyed at least one building.

The U.S. Forest Service says that despite warm weather fire crews had increased the blaze's containment to 7 percent Sunday.

The wildfire has burned across more than 46,000 acres of timber and brush. At least 2,500 campers, hikers, employees and residents fled the area last week, including staffers and summer campers at The Hume Lake Christian Camp. The lightning-sparked blaze has been burning for three weeks.

It's one of 15 wildfires burning across California.