California Wildfire Season Begins as Blaze Burns 1,600 Acres

Friday, 02 May 2014 11:46 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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California's wildfire season arrived Wednesday as an upstart blaze quickly burned through 1,627 acres of the foothills just east of Los Angeles.

According to ABC News, 90-degree weather combined with winds topping 90 mph spread the fire erratically and grounded helicopters as hundreds of firefighters fought to contain the spread. By Thursday, the fire was determined 53 percent contained, with no active flame, officials reported.

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"There's still a lot of heat out there, just kind of underneath the bushes and down in the ground at the roots," said fire spokesman Brian Grant.

He told reporters that there is still potential for flare-ups depending on weather conditions — particularly wind speed.

Many residents living among the 1,600 homes and schools evacuated Wednesday have returned to their normal routines in the affluent Rancho Cucamonga area near the San Bernardino National Forest.

The National Weather Service predicted wind speeds would be down to 5 to 20 mph winds through Friday, hopefully bringing relief to the scorched hillsides, The Associated Press reported.

No property damage or injury have been reported in connection with the blaze besides a burned fence, yet some residents remain nervous.

"You keep thinking it's just going to go by, but it doesn't," homeowner Jenna Zwerner told ABC News. She's seen other fires damage homes in the area, "so we know that it's real. And it can happen."

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