LA port fire smolders after forcing evacuations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire that forced about 850 people to evacuate from a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles is smoldering and sending up a huge plume of smoke, but officials say it's under control.

Nearly 12 hours after the blaze started, smoke is still drifting over Los Angeles Harbor early Tuesday.

Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says about 150 firefighters had the bulk of the blaze contained about 2 ½ hours after it broke out Monday night, but stubborn flames underneath the docks proved hard to reach.

The fire burned about 150 feet of a pier and forced the evacuation of 850 people from a warehouse and two terminals. Ships and boats also were removed from the area.

No injuries were reported.

The Port of Los Angeles, along with its twin port in Long Beach, handles 40 percent of America's import trade.