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Hathaway Fire Now 40 Percent Contained

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(credit: Irving D. in Beaumont/UGC/CBS)

(credit: Irving D. in Beaumont/UGC/CBS)

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BANNING (CBS/AP) — The Hathaway Fire continues to grow and has now burned an outbuilding in a remote area of the San Bernardino National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze has charred more than five square miles of brush and dead trees. It has also destroyed a communications center outbuilding.

However, the fire was 40 percent contained Thursday and no homes are threatened.

The blaze began Sunday on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Banning and spread into the steep San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Nearly 1,500 firefighters and about two dozen aircraft are fighting the blaze.

It was not immediately known when full containment is expected.

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