Wildfire burning in hills northeast of Los Angeles

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A Cal Fire helicopter. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

A Cal Fire helicopter. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Crews are battling a wildfire burning out of control in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles as Southern California braces for another day of dry and windy weather conditions.

Fire officials say the blaze has charred several acres early Thursday in a canyon of Angeles National Forest just north of Glendora. The flames are burning away from homes into a wilderness area some 25 miles northeast of downtown LA.

County Fire has deployed seven engines and three helicopters to help crews battle the fire, which was reported around 5:50 a.m. and is growing rapidly.

Officials hope to make progress against the flames before daybreak, when winds are expected to pick up.

Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions are posted from Santa Barbara County south through Los Angeles to the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

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