Flames erupted today in the Angeles National Forest, but a roll-out by 300 firefighters was expected to keep the blaze from spreading beyond 25 acres of brush in the La Canada- Flintridge area, authorities said.
The fire broke out at 7:41 a.m. along Angeles Crest Highway at the forest's southern edge, about 15 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The fire was apparently started by an automobile that plunged over the side of highway and tumbled 300 feet down the mountainside, said Sgt. Michael Walker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "The car is on its top and it appears to be the ignition source for the fire," Walker said. "The car is demolished so bad we don't know if there is anyone inside."