Most of the 1,000-plus residents who had evacuated are allowed to return
The Associated Press, April. 29, 2008
As the dramatic blaze entered its fourth day, most of the more than 1,000 people evacuated from their homes at the foot of the rugged
The 538-acre blaze burned dangerously close to homes early Monday, but firefighters stood their ground and turned the flames back. No homes have been lost in the blaze in the foothill suburb of Sierra Madre, 15 miles northeast of
Nearly 700 firefighters
Helicopters and airplanes bombarded the fire with water and retardant drops Monday while firefighters labored in temperatures in the 90s. Nearly 700 firefighters were on the lines.
Temperatures were expected to reach the mid 70s Tuesday, with high humidity and little wind.
Four firefighters had minor injuries -- a bee sting, a strained knee, and two cases of heat exhaustion, authorities said. A small outbuilding was destroyed.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.
The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in a popular hiking area as unseasonable extreme heat and low humidity set in over
On Sunday, helicopters made water drops on a steep ridge above Sierra Madre near
The blaze had been creeping northwest into the
Its very steep, inaccessible terrain, and its very heavy brush,
Wedding party airlifted out
The blaze stranded 50 wedding party guests at a ranger station from Saturday until they were airlifted out by helicopter Sunday afternoon. It took five helicopter trips from the rangers station to the parking area where the wedding partys cars were. The party then was escorted out by road.
Investigators had not yet determined the cause of the fire.
Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries, authorities said.
Late last year, strong winds, high temperatures and parched brush after a record drought were blamed for spreading a series of blazes from
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