GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) -- Officials said Thursday up to 2,000 people had been evacuated and two homes were destroyed in a wildfire burning in the dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said one resident suffered minor burn injuries in the fire being fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into the city below.
Glendora's police chief said three people had been booked into jail and accused of recklessly starting the fire.
Television images showed several structures engulfed in flames fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers across neighborhoods Thursday morning.
Evacuations were ordered for houses at the edge of the fire.
The blaze has charred at least 125 acres above a neighborhood abutting a canyon of Angeles National Forest, just north of the city of Glendora. The wilderness area is about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Roth says police are questioning two persons of interest detained near Colby Trail, where the fire was believed to have started. Roth stresses that they were not suspects.