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11:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Southern California Wildfire 10 Percent Contained

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 12:19 pm

Authorities say a thousand-acre wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles did not grow overnight and is now 10 percent contained.

U.S. Forest Service officials say crews building containment lines around the blaze Thursday are focusing on the fire’s west edge, where structure protection is in place.

Mandatory evacuation orders for 1,650 homes were canceled, though residents are urged to prepare to leave at a moment’s notice.

Hot Santa Ana winds are forecast to return, prompting officials to order nine schools near the fire to remain closed. Temperatures in the area are expected to top 100 degrees.

Officials hope calmer winds will allow firefighting helicopters to take to the air.

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Transcript

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

Well, it's not rain but the fierce Santa Ana Winds that have authorities concerns in Southern California, which is in the midst of a heat wave and a historic drought. Firefighters are battling a wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles, which as of this morning was only 10 percent contained, and that's worrying many residents, including one who told KNBC TV his daughter is anxious.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: My youngest is a little worried. She keeps asking me if the house is going to burn down.

HOBSON: Well, a mandatory evacuation was lifted overnight, but residents of more than 1,600 homes in and around Rancho Cucamonga have been warned that they have to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. Schools in the area closed for a second day in a row. The good news is winds that grounded helicopters and planes yesterday are expected to dissipate somewhat after topping out at, get this, 101 miles per hour yesterday.

And by the way, the forecast today in L.A.: 98 degrees and sunny. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.