Homes threatened as fire spreads near California ski resort

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Posted: Aug 23, 2015 9:20 PM

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Planes and helicopters are making major liquid drops on a wildfire that broke out near a ski resort in the San Bernardino Mountains, bringing the first gains against the blaze.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire that broke out Sunday afternoon near Snow Summit Ski Resort south of Big Bear Lake has forced evacuation orders for about 400 homes, many of them cabins and vacation houses.

It has grown to 100 acres, but it is 20 percent contained.

Water cannons from the ski resort usually used for making snow are being pointed toward the fire.

Conditions in the area are warm and dry but not extreme for fire danger.