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Published January 16, 2014, 06:17 PM

Raging fire forces thousands to evacuate in California

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Shifting winds and a river bed may give firefighters above Los Angeles a break. They’re trying to tackle a raging fire that’s claimed numerous homes that was caused by an out of control campfire.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAy TV) -Shifting winds and a river bed may give firefighters above Los Angeles a break. They’re trying to tackle a raging fire that’s claimed numerous homes that was caused by an out of control campfire.

Police in Glendora, Calif. say three people – now in custody – triggered this blaze that continue to burn through the San Gabriel foothills just 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Tim Staab, Glendora Police Chief: “All three have been booked for recklessly starting a fire. Their bail is set at $20,000.”

Tinder dry conditions combined with gusty Santa Anna winds sent residents felling form their homes, hampering the efforts of the firefighters from the ground and from above. In an upscale community, homeowners took matters into their owns hands.

Glendora resident: “It’s great to see the neighbors pitch in here and just take the first step, saving neighbors’ homes.”

Nearly 2,000 acres are already charred and many in the city of 50,000 are ordered to evacuate. The historic singer mansion is now in ruins and several schools have closed for the day.

As Ryan Flores, Glendora resident, looks at his school, he says, “It’s pretty scary. Especially because this is my school and the least thing I want to happen is for it to be burned down.”

It comes amid one of the driest seasons on record for southern California. Forecasters say there’s no relief in sight.

Bernie Rayno, AccuWeather: “Unfortunately this situation with the drought in California is serious. I’m afraid it’s going to get far worse before it gets better.”

All of this is just weeks into January, months before the typical start of the fire season.

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