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Containment of Castaic Fire Expected by Tuesday, Officials Say

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From a Times Staff Writer

More than 2,000 firefighters continued to gain control over the six-day-old Marple Canyon fire Saturday, and officials predicted full containment by Tuesday evening.

“They’re containing more of it each day,” said Susie Wood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire, allegedly started by a San Fernando teenager, had burned 21,500 acres--only 200 more than Friday--and was 66% contained, quelling earlier fears that it could triple in size, authorities said.

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Although no civilians have been injured, 21 firefighters have suffered minor injuries, including one whose eyes were swollen shut because of bee stings.

Citing extreme fire conditions, forest service officials said only camp stoves and official fire rings will be allowed through Labor Day in mountain campgrounds. Barbecues will not be allowed away from the campgrounds.

Wood said campgrounds closed earlier in the week were expected to remain closed through the holiday. Areas closed include Cienega Campground, Lower Shake Campground, Prospect Campground, Templin Highway and the Old Ridge Road.

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