100 homes evacuated as SoCal wildfire creeps toward town

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SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities were evacuating 100 homes as a 100-acre wildfire crept closer to neighborhoods near Pasadena on a hot, dry Saturday in Southern California, authorities said.

The fire about broke out Saturday afternoon and earlier forced the evacuation of a scout camp and left hikers temporarily stranded, said Elisa Weaver of the Arcadia Fire Department.

Firefighters had hoped to have the blaze contained Sunday, Weaver said, but it was still burning out of control late Saturday night.

Fire crews were aided by a dozen engines, three water tankers and three helicopters as they take on the blaze, Weaver said.

Two shelters have been set up in the area for evacuees.

The blaze was reported just after 1:40 p.m. in a wooded area off Santa Anita Canyon Road about 10 miles northeast of Pasadena, Weaver said.

The flames brought the evacuation of the Trask Boy Scout camp and left about 100 hikers stranded in a parking lot near Chantry Flats, Weaver said.

Most of the Boy Scouts had already left the camp by the time the evacuation was ordered, Weaver said.

The hikers were escorted out of the forest by sheriff's deputies, she said. No injuries were reported.

The fire was moving mostly northward, away from homes, but had crept far enough to the south to prompt the mandatory home evacuations.

Flames outlined steep ridges about a mile above Sierra Madre, a San Gabriel Mountains foothill community of about 11,000 popular with artists.