LEBEC, Calif. (AP) ― A fleet of aircraft and hundreds of firefighters are working to increase containment of a 1,300-acre forest fire in rugged Southern California mountains.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Michelle Puckett says the blaze west of Interstate 5 in southern Kern County remains 30 percent surrounded Wednesday. The fire broke out Tuesday near the town of Lebec.

The fire is burning away from the nearby community of Frazier Park, some 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Puckett says the fire is not burning aggressively, no structures are threatened and the outlook is positive.

A half-dozen air tankers, eight helicopters and 650 firefighters are working the blaze.

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