Fire Near Los Angeles Forces 200 To Evacuate
An intense blaze broke out due to unattended cooking on Sunday, rapidly spreading over a large area and forcing 200 inhabitants of Los Angeles to evacuate to a safer place.
The rapid-moving fire erupted across east of Los Angeles and raised alarm among residents. The fire spread over 980 acres, according to the Riverside County Fire Department website.
The fire has been extinguished, and situation was taken under control within an hour. But the state is still alarmed due to the heavy smoke. The residents, who felt suffocated by the smoke, were asked to stay inside. On Sunday, the residents who were asked to leave the blazing area returned home after the evacuation order was called off.
The fire department informed that the blaze was from an unattended cooking area.
Captain Liz Brown of CalFire informed that the communities from Anaheim to Chino Hills and western San Bernardino County were mostly affected by the smoke.
Brown concluded that the excessive drought condition gave momentum to the fire, an incident that may not have been the same during summer.
“We’re seeing bigger fires early on,” Brown said.
Termed as “Highway Fire,” the blaze left people unhurt. No injuries were reported. Approximately 700 fire-fighters and a large crew arrived on the spot and their combined efforts helped put down the fire within an hour.