1,000 Flee Raging SoCal Wildfire

Record temperatures signal worrisome fire season
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 4:21 PM CDT
A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter drops water on a brush fire near Arcadia.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – Roughly 1,000 people abandoned 400 California homes today as firefighters battled a blaze in the Sierra Madre foothills, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fire spread through some 400 acres, and containment is not expected for days. Record-setting temperatures are to blame for the blaze marking an early start of the fire season.  "This is not a lazy fire," a fire chief said. "This fire is burning with some energy."