Crews Make Progress Against Wildfires In SoCal Amid Spiking Heat

CASTAIC (CBSLA.com/AP) — Crews took advantage of cooler overnight temperatures as they beat back wildfires that broke out amid a Southern California heat wave.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy says a blaze in a remote area near Lake Castaic is holding at 1,000 acres and 10 percent containment Sunday. No homes are threatened, but there were voluntary evacuations. Two outbuildings near a picnic area did burn. Firefighters are making water drops over the flames.

At its peak, flames roared well into the evening. As of Sunday morning, the fire was burning away from homes.

Meanwhile residents who had to flee a small fire in the San Gabriel Mountain community of Wrightwood returned home Saturday. Judy says the 11-acre fire is 20 percent contained Sunday. About 35 homes were briefly threatened by the flames.

At sunset Sunday firefighters were still staged around Moreno Valley’s Reche Canyon monitoring what’s left of the Smiley Fire that ripped through more than 150 acres of brush threatening a few homes. It is about 80 percent contained. Almost two dozen engines were called out to knock down the flames.

Several blazes broke out across the state as temperatures soared this weekend.

A small grass fire led to the temporary closure of State Route 13 in Oakland.

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