Live Blog: Brush fire chars 400 acres in Alpine, destroys homes

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ALPINE, Calif. — Crews had the devastating wildfire east of Alpine 30-percent contained Saturday, after the blaze destroyed 18 structures and damaged eight more Friday.

Firefighters dealt with extreme heat, but nearly calm winds, as the battle continued early Saturday. At 8 a.m., it was 98 degrees in Alpine, with a forecast high of 99 and worries that winds could gust as high as 20 miles per hour later in the day.

The estimated size of the blaze Saturday remained at 400 acres, according to CalFire officials.

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