Colby Fire: Crews reach 84 percent containment on wildfire in suburban LA

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Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday the fire in the San Gabriel Mountains is 84 percent contained, with full containment expected Wednesday.

The roughly 3-square-mile blaze destroyed five homes and 10 outbuildings after erupting Thursday in the Angeles National Forest. Flames spread quickly when Santa Ana winds hit a campfire that authorities said was recklessly set by three men.

 

Some 3,700 residents of Glendora and Azusa had to evacuate at the fire's peak.

Officials caution that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that six homes had been destroyed. That information came from the U.S. Forest Service, which now says only five homes have been destroyed. The story has been updated.

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