California Brush Fire Forces Evacuation of 200 Homes

Residents of about 200 were forced to evacuate Saturday after a brush fire started in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills east of Los Angeles, reports the Associated Press.

The fire was sparked by a gardener working the backyard, said a city spokeswoman. Flames spread to the hillside behind the residence, scorching 150 acres.

The fire was not immediately threatening homes, but authorities ordered evacuations as a precaution.

The fire was 50 percent contained and residents were allowed to return home early Sunday.

Dry, thick brush and the hilly terrain were making the fire difficult to contain.

Helicopters dropped water and firefighters called in two fixed-wing aircraft.

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