A burning Volkswagen Beetle on the side of the Ventura (101) Freeway spread flames to adjacent brush, closing the westbound freeway briefly west of Las Virgenes Road.
Firefighters continued to make progress overnight battling Southern California’s latest destructive wildfire, which burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.
Evacuation orders resulting from the “Sharp” fire were lifted for the community of Wrightwood, authorities said Sunday.
Thousands of Riverside County residents were under mandatory evacuation orders Friday as crews battled a wildfire that has scorched 18,000 acres.
Authorities Thursday declared a local emergency and issued new evacuation orders as a fast-moving wildfire near Banning grew to 14,000 acres and was 20 percent contained as of Thursday evening.
The wildfire that destroyed seven homes and threatened the mountain town of Idyllwild was sluggish after a thunderstorm drenched the timberland and settled over the mountains Monday, threatening to trigger mudslides and flash flooding to the freshly burned area.
Authorities Sunday said they were lifting evacuation orders for Idyllwild and Fern Valley as a threat to those communities from the 42-square-mile Mountain Fire had diminished.
Firefighters Saturday said a 720-acre brush fire in Kern County is 85 percent contained.
A wildfire in the Riverside County mountains has grown to 24,800 acres and remained 15 percent contained Friday morning.
A wildfire in the Riverside County mountains has grown to 22,800 acres and remains 15 percent contained Thursday morning.
A brush fire burning in the Riverside County mountains has grown to 8,000 acres and was 10 percent contained Tuesday.
A fast-moving brush fire has forced evacuations at a Kern County high school, authorities said Wednesday.
Police are investigating a bomb threat Wednesday morning that prompted evacuations of residents in a Van Nuys neighborhood.
Authorities say a brush fire that started Thursday near the 101 Freeway in Camarillo is just 20 percent contained after scorching 28,000 acres in Ventura County.
A fast-moving, wind-driven brush fire Wednesday destroyed at least one home and prompted evacuations in Banning.