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2 Homes Destroyed, 3 Arrested in SoCal Wildfire

 
Posted January 16th, 2014 @ 4:08pm by KFBK News

Flames burn near a home during the Colby Fire, January 16, 2014 in Azusa, California. The fast-moving Colby Fire originated early on Thursday in the San Gabriel Mountains just north of Glendora, about 30 miles (48kms) northeast of Los Angeles. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Crews are making more progress on the Southern California wildfire that forced evacuations and destroyed several homes.  David Richardson with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said firefighters would be out to survey the damage Friday and try to nail down exactly how many homes were damaged or destroyed.

"Overnight crews were able to work in and around the structures and put out any hotspots, and again that effect will continue throughout the day."

Meanwhile, crews are working to further contain the flames.  Three people are accused of starting the wildfire in the Angeles National Forest near Glendora.  Police Chief Tim Staab said the three men who were arrested were recklessly putting papers on a campfire when a breeze kicked up, triggering the fire.

The Colby Fire has burned some 1,700 acres in the Angeles National Forest since it broke out this morning.  At least two homes have been burned, and dozens more were under mandatory evacuation orders.

Hundreds of firefighters are working to save other homes.  Several schools had also been shut down and evacuation centers were set up around the region.

Firefighters from the Orange County region are heading up to help battle the massive Colby Fire.  Officials say the Orange County Fire Authority has dispatched five fire engines and the Anaheim Fire Department is sending two strike teams.

The blaze initially broke out at about 6 a.m. Thursday.


PHOTOS: Southern California Colby Fire

(Photos courtesy of KFI)

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