April 20, 2013: A U.S. Forest Service firefighter, bottom left, turns to get out as flames roar up a mountainside in the early stages of a brush fire that started in the foothills of Monrovia, Calif. (AP)
Published April 21, 2013
The fire was not immediately threatening homes, but authorities ordered evacuations as a precaution, fire Chief Chris Donovan told KABC-TV.
The blaze was 50 percent contained and residents were allowed to return home early Sunday.
Donovan said dry, thick brush and the hilly terrain were making the fire difficult to contain.
Helicopters dropped water and firefighters called in two fixed-wing aircraft.
“We got a lot of fire resources protecting homes, but we’re nowhere near out of the woods,” Donovan said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us.”
As the Monrovia fire burned, a four-acre brush fire ignited across town near Interstate 405, forcing the closure of southbound lanes for at least an hour.