Southern California Experiencing Its Share Of Wildfires

Photo by U.S. Forest Service
Photo by U.S. Forest Service

In drought-stricken California, most of the attention regarding a horrendous stretch of wildfires over the past week throughout the West has focused on fires in Lake and Napa Counties north of the Bay Area.  But Southern California hasn’t been immune either, as a blaze has charred portions of the Angeles National Forest near Glendora and Azusa.

Here’s the Associated Press with more:

Light winds helped crews increase containment of a wildfire that destroyed several cabins and charred nearly 2-and-a-half square miles of forest near Los Angeles.

Officials revised the size of the fire downward after previous estimates put it at nearly 4 square miles.

The blaze in the Angeles National Forest above the suburbs of Glendora and Azusa was 20 percent contained and holding steady Sunday.

Six campgrounds remained evacuated around the fire that burned four cabins and an outbuilding when it broke out on Friday.

Ten firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, dehydration and minor injuries.

The AP also reports smaller fires in other parts of the Southland and provided an update of possible relief to the fires further north:

In Northern California, firefighters made more gains against a wildfire 100 miles north of San Francisco that forced mountain-town dwellers to evacuate for the second time in days. Wind shifts sent smoke from the fire all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area, where residents turned to social media to report the haze. The National Weather Service said smoky conditions were likely to remain in the area throughout the weekend.

Two fires have charred dry Lower Lake, the most recent burning 39 square miles of thick brush and oak trees in Lake and Napa counties. It was 82 percent contained by Sunday.

An earlier, larger fire in the same area was fully contained Friday more than two weeks after it broke out. The blaze destroyed 43 homes.