AZUSA (CBS/AP) — A 250-acre brush fire burning north of Azusa into the Angeles National Forest was 70 percent contained Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Madre Fire, which was initially reported at 5:56 p.m. Monday, was burning grass and brush in Fish Canyon near Van Tassel Ridge. It’s expected to reach full containment by Friday.

All evacuation orders were lifted for foothill homes Tuesday morning.

Highway 39 remained closed to residents only above Sierra Madre.

The U.S. Forest Service, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Azusa Police Department were assisting the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

About 10 aircraft, including helicopters, DC10s and Super Scoopers, helped in the firefight.

Two firefighters, out of the 450 who were assigned to the blaze, were injured, according to fire officials.

Pollution regulators issued a smoke advisory for the valley and the San Bernardino Mountains to the east, saying some areas may experience air quality in the “unhealthy” range or higher.

“There is a lot of smoke in the area, so folks who have asthma problems should be advised to stay indoors,” said Nathan Judy of the Forest Service.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Brush Fire Prompts Evacuations In Azusa

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