AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — A 200-acre wildfire is scorching the brush-covered flanks of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains, spreading smoke over the eastern foothill suburbs of Los Angeles.
The fire erupted shortly before 6 p.m. Monday and is mostly burning in the Angeles National Forest, away from populated areas. It is 5 percent contained.
Winds are light, allowing smoke and ash to settle on communities across the San Gabriel Valley.
Pollution regulators issued a smoke advisory for the valley and the San Bernardino Mountains to the east, saying areas directly impacted may experience air quality in the "unhealthy" range or higher.
The Forest Service says evacuation advisories were lifted early Tuesday for residents of three foothill homes closest to the blaze.
Some 450 firefighters from the Forest Service and Los Angeles County are battling the flames.
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