A fast-moving brush fire burned near homes in a hilly area east of La Verne Friday afternoon, damaging three structures and prompting deputies to evacuate residences.
The 27-acre fire was off Roughrider Road and Broken Spur Lane (map), according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
It was about 80 percent contained by 3 p.m., the department said in a tweet.
The fire was suspicious, authorities on scene told KTLA.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies at one point were going door to door to evacuate homes and get residents and horses safely out of the area, the department’s San Dimas station said on Twitter.
“Life is more important than possessions,” part of the tweet read.
Residents were being allowed to return to their homes after 5 p.m., the sheriff’s department said on Twitter. About 200 homes were evacuated, fire Capt. Roland Sprewell said.
The blaze began at 12:52 p.m. and had burned about 3 acres by 1:30 p.m., county fire Inspector Keith Mora said. Flames appeared to be burning uphill toward the backyards of large homes in the area, aerial video showed.
The department reported the blaze had grown to 40 acres by about 2:45 p.m. in a tweet, but that figure was later revised to 27 acres.
Three outbuildings were damaged, the sheriff’s department said at about 5:15 p.m.
About 115 fire personnel were on scene, Mora said. Fixed-wing aircraft and water-dropping helicopters were also fighting the blaze, aerial video showed.
Evacuations were ordered for the following streets, according to the sheriff’s department’s San Dimas station: Roughrider Road, Quail Valley Road, Summit Road, Saddle Horn Lane, Williams Avenue and Glen Ivy Street. The LeRoy Haynes Center for children was also evacuated, the station said.
By 5 p.m. all evacuations had been lifted.
The wind and weather were not causing problems for firefighters, Mora said, adding that there was not yet any concern that homes would be damaged. The small outbuilding was reported damaged after Mora spot to KTLA about possible threats to homes.
The brush fire was dubbed the “Canyon Fire,” according to a tweet from a county fire spokesman’s account.
The area is in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills on the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Valley.