Colby Fire: 3 men charged with causing wildfire remain jailed

Colby Fire

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Firefighters work to fight the Colby Fire in the mountains near Glendora on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Three men charged with causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire that burned five homes must stay in jail.

City News Service says a federal judge decided Wednesday to keep Clifford Henry Jr., Steven Aguirre and Jonathan Jarrell in custody until a Friday court hearing.

Attorneys for Henry and Jarrell declined immediate comment. A call to Aguirre's lawyer wasn't immediately returned.

Prosecutors say the men illegally made a campfire last week in the Angeles National Forest during a period of Santa Ana winds and extreme fire danger.

Authorities say the men told investigators a wind gust blew burning paper into some brush. The resulting 3-square-mile conflagration destroyed five houses, damaged 17 homes and other buildings and forced thousands to evacuate Glendora and Azusa.

It's 98 percent contained Wednesday.

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