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Fires Rage

A wall of flame threatens a ranch house Thursday in the Tweedy Lake area of the Antelope Valley. Firefighers managed to save the structure. Fires threatened residences in the rural Three Points, Tweedy Lake and Lake Hughes areas. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
A helicopter drops fire retardant on a house in the Tweedy Lake area that was threatened by flames on Thursday. The house was saved. Despite this success, the fate of three tiny communities on the northern edge of the Angeles National Forest was far from assured. Fires are also burning in Riverside and San Diego counties. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
Raymond Cox and his wife, Gloria, residents of the Lake Hughes area, pack some possessions Thursday in the event they are forced to evacuate their mobile home. (Al Seib / LAT)
Helicopter making a fire retardant drop in an effort to protect these two ranch houses, at Tweedy Lake, threatened by the Pine Fire. The fire was surrounding the houses. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
C-31 flying over the Pine Fire before making a fire retardant drop on the rolling hills of Tweedy Lake. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
Tammy Lavelle Adams with daughters Meganrose, 8, and Allison, 10, watch as a fire moves toward their Lake Hughes community on Thursday. The family had already completed preparations for a possible evacuation. (Al Seib / LAT)