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Southern California wildfires

Fire fighters try to protect main house as fire burns a section of Singer Mansion located at Kregmont Dr. in Glendora, January 16, 2014. The Colby fire that broke out near Glendora, north of Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, exploded in size Thursday morning as dry brush, steep terrain and winds made for rough firefighting conditions. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire had grown to at least 125 acres by 8 a.m. and that it was moving quickly " going up and down the hills. "The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/Polaris)

Stunning images of California wildfires

Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks.

The fire swept through 1,700 acres of brush in the San Gabriel Mountains early in the day but by nightfall it was no longer advancing and was 30 percent contained. (AP)