A California wildfire that drove thousands of people from their Los Angeles County homes over the weekend was 80 percent contained by Sunday evening, and residents were cleared to return.
The 500-acre wildfire was sparked Saturday by a car accident that brought down power lines near upscale Calabasas, The Associated Press reported
At daybreak Sunday, the blaze was only 30 percent contained, and 5,000 residents were under evacuation orders. But about 500 firefighters hiking the mountainous area, using bulldozers, and dropping water from aircraft reduced it to embers by the end of the day.
One commercial building was destroyed, Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp told the AP.
The affected area, about 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is home to celebrities including Jessica Simpson and Toni Braxton, CNN reported
Three firefighters were injured in the arduous battle — two with knee injuries and one with a "cardiac event" — and two homes were damaged, CNN reported.
"At one point, the fire was licking right up through to the backyards of a lot of the homes of the residents in that area, to the point where even sheriffs' deputies were grabbing garden hoses and using them to fight the fire," photojournalist Steve Gentry told CNN.
The fire drew concern from several celebrities, including Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner, who took to social media expressing concern that the fire would drive them from their homes, the New York Daily News reported
Ellen DeGeneres also commented about the fire, thanking her firefighter brother-in-law and other rescue workers.
Separate wildfires continued burning Sunday in Riverside County and Monterey County, the AP said.
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