SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) -- Today's cooler weather is expected
to help firefighters contain a stubborn California wildfire near
The 538-acre blaze burned dangerously close to homes early
yesterday, but firefighters stood their ground. Helicopters and
airplanes poured water and retardant over the flames, while nearly
700 firefighters worked from the ground.
Authorities say no homes have been lost in the four-day-old
fire, though a small outbuilding has been destroyed.
About 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes as the fire
spread, but most of them have been allowed to return. Public
schools were closed yesterday, but are set to reopen today.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.