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Eastern Sierra wildfire now 85 percent contained

BIG PINE, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire burning near a main highway in the eastern Sierra Nevada is nearly surrounded.

The 1,103-acre blaze west of Highway 395 in Inyo County was more than 85 percent contained Monday morning. State fire Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson says there are no active flames and crews are concentrating on dousing hotspots to avoid flareups - especially since the Inyo County area could see strong winds and 100-degree highs in the next few days.

The fire erupted on Saturday, briefly threatening about 300 homes and prompting authorities to urge evacuations in the community of Big Pine. However, the request was lifted Sunday night and no homes currently are in danger.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 9, 2012 06:56PM Published Jul 9, 2012 06:55PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.