SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) - Winds have unexpectedly kicked up in
Southern California, pushing a wildfire within yards of several
houses in Sierra Madre.
Fire crews have been watering down embers that drifted onto a
few roofs and are working to keep the flames back. The 400-acre
wildfire has forced the evacuation of at least 1,000 people from
About 500 firefighters are on the scene and have battled the
blaze through the night. Helicopters and water-dropping airplanes
are joining the effort.
Schools in Sierra Madre have canceled classes today.
A city spokeswoman calls the blaze "serious," saying some of
the areas have not burned in more than 40 years.
Last night, officials estimated the fire had been 30 percent
contained, with light winds and rising humidity helping
firefighters. But they say it could take a week to fully contain