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Strong winds, steep terrain hamper crews battling Los Angeles area's first major fire of the year

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Strong winds, steep terrain hamper crews battling Los Angeles area's first major fire of the year
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Strong winds, steep terrain hamper crews battling Los Angeles area's first major fire of the year

2024-06-17 12:17 Last Updated At:12:21

GORMAN, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed flames through dry brush in mountains along Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles on Sunday, and officials warned residents in the wildfire's path to be prepared to leave if it explodes in size again.

Los Angeles County's first major wildfire of the year swiftly grew to nearly 23 square miles (60 square kilometers), one day after it forced the evacuation of at least 1,200 campers, off-roaders and hikers from the Hungry Valley recreation area.

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Flames from the Post Fire advance on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

GORMAN, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed flames through dry brush in mountains along Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles on Sunday, and officials warned residents in the wildfire's path to be prepared to leave if it explodes in size again.

A firefighter looks at flames from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter looks at flames from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work to spray down a burned structure during the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work to spray down a burned structure during the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A building lies destroyed from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A building lies destroyed from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Fire crews walk along a road while fighting the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Fire crews walk along a road while fighting the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter lights a backfire during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter lights a backfire during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A burned trailer is left behind after the Post Fire swept through the area, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A burned trailer is left behind after the Post Fire swept through the area, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A plum of smoke from the Post Fire rises over a burned landscape, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A plum of smoke from the Post Fire rises over a burned landscape, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters line up to fight the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Castaic, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Firefighters line up to fight the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Castaic, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter shields against debris from the wind during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter shields against debris from the wind during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A burned field is shown under a plume of smoke from the Post Fire Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A burned field is shown under a plume of smoke from the Post Fire Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A helicopter drops water as fire crews mop up after the Post Fire swept through Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A helicopter drops water as fire crews mop up after the Post Fire swept through Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter watches for advancing flames during the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter watches for advancing flames during the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Brush burns during the Post Fire on late Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Brush burns during the Post Fire on late Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A fire truck idles on a road during the Post Fire late, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A fire truck idles on a road during the Post Fire late, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter watches for flames from the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter watches for flames from the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Power lines spark as a pole burns during the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Power lines spark as a pole burns during the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter keeps an eye on a spot fire while fighting the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter keeps an eye on a spot fire while fighting the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the Post Fire advance on structures on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the Post Fire advance on structures on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the advancing Post Fire burn brush on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the advancing Post Fire burn brush on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A hillside is engulfed in flames from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A hillside is engulfed in flames from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A tree continues to burn after the Post Fire swept through Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A tree continues to burn after the Post Fire swept through Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The sun is seen through the haze caused by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The sun is seen through the haze caused by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters hose down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters hose down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down hot spots while battling the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down hot spots while battling the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fire crews stage in front of the advancing Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fire crews stage in front of the advancing Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Emergency vehicles head toward the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Emergency vehicles head toward the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter watches a plume of smoke from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter watches a plume of smoke from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The blaze, dubbed the Post Fire, was just 2% contained Sunday evening. No injuries were reported. The cause was under investigation.

Firefighters working in sweltering conditions and steep terrain raced to douse spot fires that erupted as unpredictable winds blew embers ahead of the flames, said Kenichi Haskett, a section chief for the LA County Fire Department. The gusts also hampered efforts by aircraft crews to drop water and fire retardant, he said.

“When it’s windy, it just sprays the water everywhere we don’t need it. So that’s a challenge," Haskett said.

Meanwhile in Northern California, a small wildfire sparked Sunday prompted evacuation orders and warnings for a sparsely populated area near Lake Sonoma. The so-called Point Fire sent up a huge plume of dark smoke as it churned through brush and timber about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of San Francisco. It was 15% contained.

The Southern California fire erupted Saturday afternoon near I-5 in Gorman, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Two structures burned within the evacuated recreation area.

Flames were moving toward Pyramid Lake, a popular destination for boaters that was closed as a precaution on Father's Day. No houses were threatened Sunday, but officials warned residents of Castaic, home to about 19,000 people, that they should prepare to leave if the fire pushes further south.

“If you’re in a warning area, be prepared with a ‘go bag,’ with overnight clothes and your cellphone, your medicines, your glasses. Have your car fueled up,” said Haskett. “Be ready to evacuate.”

Low humidity and gusts around 50 mph (80 kph) were expected throughout the day, and winds could pick up speed after sundown, warned the National Weather Service office for Los Angeles.

About 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the east, the nearly 2-square-mile (5-square-kilometer) Hesperia Fire forced road closures and prompted evacuation warnings after it broke out Saturday near mountain communities in San Bernardino County. The blaze was 19% contained Sunday evening.

Associated Press writer Christopher Weber in Los Angeles and radio reporter Julie Walker in New York contributed to this report.

Flames from the Post Fire advance on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the Post Fire advance on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter looks at flames from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter looks at flames from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work to spray down a burned structure during the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work to spray down a burned structure during the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A building lies destroyed from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A building lies destroyed from the Max Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Fire crews walk along a road while fighting the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Fire crews walk along a road while fighting the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter lights a backfire during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter lights a backfire during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A burned trailer is left behind after the Post Fire swept through the area, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A burned trailer is left behind after the Post Fire swept through the area, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A plum of smoke from the Post Fire rises over a burned landscape, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A plum of smoke from the Post Fire rises over a burned landscape, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters line up to fight the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Castaic, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Firefighters line up to fight the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Castaic, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter shields against debris from the wind during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter shields against debris from the wind during the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Water is dropped by helicopter as crews fight the Post Fire, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A burned field is shown under a plume of smoke from the Post Fire Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A burned field is shown under a plume of smoke from the Post Fire Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A helicopter drops water as fire crews mop up after the Post Fire swept through Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

CORRECTS CITY TO LEBEC A helicopter drops water as fire crews mop up after the Post Fire swept through Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter watches for advancing flames during the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter watches for advancing flames during the Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire early Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Brush burns during the Post Fire on late Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Brush burns during the Post Fire on late Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A fire truck idles on a road during the Post Fire late, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A fire truck idles on a road during the Post Fire late, Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter watches for flames from the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter watches for flames from the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Power lines spark as a pole burns during the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Power lines spark as a pole burns during the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter keeps an eye on a spot fire while fighting the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A firefighter keeps an eye on a spot fire while fighting the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the Post Fire advance on structures on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the Post Fire advance on structures on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the advancing Post Fire burn brush on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Flames from the advancing Post Fire burn brush on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

A hillside is engulfed in flames from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A hillside is engulfed in flames from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A tree continues to burn after the Post Fire swept through Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A tree continues to burn after the Post Fire swept through Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The sun is seen through the haze caused by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The sun is seen through the haze caused by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters hose down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters hose down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while fighting the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Lebec, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down hot spots while battling the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter hoses down hot spots while battling the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fire crews stage in front of the advancing Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Fire crews stage in front of the advancing Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Emergency vehicles head toward the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Emergency vehicles head toward the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Firefighters work under a smoldering hillside left behind by the Post Fire Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter watches a plume of smoke from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A firefighter watches a plume of smoke from the Post Fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Gorman, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

MUNICH (AP) — Former Germany and Bayern Munich defender Jérôme Boateng was convicted Friday of causing bodily harm to his former partner and was handed a suspended fine and a warning as a years-long domestic abuse case came to an end.

Judge Susanne Hemmerich, who presided over a retrial that started last month, said Boateng will only have to pay a fine of 200,000 euros ($220,000) if he commits another offense. However, as part of the conditions for the sentence he has to pay 50,000 euros ($55,000) each to two children’s charities.

Hemmerich had halted the proceedings on the first day of the trial, urging both parties to find an agreement to spare the former couple's two daughters from the public scrutiny surrounding the case.

“The real victims in this case are the children in my opinion,” Hemmerich said Friday in comments reported by news agency dpa.

It was the fourth time Boateng went on trial on the same charges of assault against his former partner Sherin Senler. Boateng has always denied the charges.

The charges against Boateng were first brought in 2019. Boateng denied hitting and injuring Senler in July 2018 when they were on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In September 2021, Boateng was found guilty of domestic violence against Senler and ordered to pay a fine of 1.8 million euros, the highest possible financial damages that could be imposed by the Munich District Court. In November 2022, he was convicted of assault and ordered to pay 1.2 million euros to Senler, but that decision was overturned at a regional court because of legal errors and the process had to be restarted.

Boateng also faces allegations of assault against another former girlfriend, Kasia Lenhardt, in 2019. The investigation was closed in 2020 after Lenhardt decided not to provide any more incriminating statements, but it was reopened following her death in February 2021 when authorities received new information from police. Lenhardt, a model, was found dead in a Berlin apartment. Police said they found no evidence of outside involvement.

Boateng’s attorney rejected the allegations.

Boateng played 76 games for Germany. He joined Austrian team Linz in May.

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Jerome Boateng, center, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his lawyer Leonard Walischewski, right, and his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Jerome Boateng, center, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his lawyer Leonard Walischewski, right, and his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Jerome Boateng, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Jerome Boateng, professional footballer, stands in the courtroom at the regional court with his spokesman Thomas Knipp, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2024. The former national soccer player is on trial for accusations of assaulting his ex-partner. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

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