LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A surge in winds brought new life to a wildfire on California’s Central Coast, driving hundreds of people from their homes.
The renewed power of the blaze bucked a statewide trend of calming fires that came with cooler weather that was expected to continue into the week, according to the National Weather Service.
The wildfire burning north of San Luis Obispo along the Cuesta Grade segment of U.S. 101 grew to 500 acres and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes, state fire officials said in a statement.
A thousand firefighters had the blaze 10 percent contained.
Progress was reported on many of the state’s active fires.
In Lake and Napa counties, a 39-square-mile blaze in Jerusalem Valley was 90 percent contained after destroying nine homes. Smoke drifted south to San Francisco Bay on Sunday, marring vistas.
The fire is the second of two blazes that have charred land near dry Lower Lake. The first one, which was contained Friday after more than two weeks, destroyed 43 homes.
In Southern California, crews working through the night stopped the spread of two Los Angeles County fires that erupted Sunday and together burned several structures, charred hundreds of acres of dry brush and led to the arson arrest of one person.
A so-called Lincoln brush fire near a riverbed in Montebello was 80 percent contained at 370 acres.
According to police, 45-year-old Arturo Aguilar was under arrest on suspicion of arson.
To the north, a 300-acre Angeles National Forest fire that burned six buildings at an abandoned rehabilitation center near Castaic Lake. The so-called Warm fire was 75 percent contained.
Elsewhere in the same forest, a fire that broke out Friday in the San Gabriel Mountains north of suburban Glendora was 84 percent contained after burning 2½-square miles.
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