Winds Push California Wildfire Away from Homes

October 23, 2008

A 250-acre wildfire burned through brushy foothills east of Los Angeles on Wednesday but hot, gusty winds pushed it away from homes, authorities said.

The fire started close to Fontana in San Bernardino County and winds in excess of 30 mph pushed it west into the mountains and canyons of Rancho Cucamonga, county fire spokeswoman Angie Samayoa said.

People in about 100 homes near a Buddhist temple were told they may want to evacuate but are not being ordered to do so, Assistant Fire Marshall Mike Horton told KABC-TV.

About 350 firefighters were on the scene and aircraft dropped water on the flames, Samayoa said.

There were no reports of any smoke or fire near freeways and no word of any injuries, officials said.

Southern California was experiencing strong strong winds a week after similar conditions spurred several major wildfires.

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