AZUSA ( — Between 1,700 and 2,000 Azusa residents have been evacuated from their homes, according to officials.

Brush fires, mostly small blazes, are burning in and around Azusa. Fierce winds, however, are causing concern that small fires could quickly grow out-of-control.

There is no word when the evacuation order will be lifted.

KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz, reporting from Azusa, said officials were most concerned about the winds — picking up intensity — and embers.

Some of the embers, she said, were threatening structures with wooden fencing.

Louis Rice, a resident, told Cruz he was all packed and ready to go if ordered to evacuate.

“Stuff is packed,” he said, “ID’s, all the essential stuff we would need, money, stuff like that, essential clothes.”

Rice said he was not worried about his home.

“These guys [the firefighters] today were really awesome. And I have nothing but faith in our fire department,” Rice added.

Cruz said firefighters were also being aided by West Covina Police.

“This is a multi-agency effort to help residents,” she reported.


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