Fires

Crews make gains on California wildfires that forced evacuations, destroyed homes

Crews make gains on California wildfires that forced evacuations, destroyed homes

Firefighters on Monday were mopping up a pair of wildfires in Southern California that briefly threatened homes in La Verne and Lucerne Valley, authorities said.

Crews on Sunday afternoon stopped forward progress on the Rodeo fire in La Verne, which raced across 40 acres after starting about 3 p.m. near the 210 Freeway and Fruit Street, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

The blaze had burned uphill toward residential neighborhoods but hundreds of firefighters swarmed the area and kept the flames at bay, authorities said. The fire was 50% contained by Sunday evening and has stopped expanding, said Inspector Gustavo Medina.

Voluntary evacuations in the Live Oak Canyon...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
75°