Small Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Homes in Monrovia; Most Evacuations Lifted

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About 15 homes were evacuated as crews responded to a brush fire in Monrovia Saturday, officials said.

"For all intents and purposes, the fire is now contained and under control," said a statement provided by the city of Monrovia at 11:39 p.m.

All mandatory evacuations were lifted except for the 500 block of Norumbega Drive, the statement said.

Displaced residents can take shelter at the Monrovia Community Center at 119 West Palm Ave.

The fire, which started around 7:30 p.m. near the 500 to 1000 block of Norumbega Drive, scorched about 5 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A group of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at Camp Trask,  a camp in the foothills of the national forest, were among the evacuees, the Los Angeles Times reported. A forest ranger came to tell the scouts about the fire, a member of the group said.

A series of wildfires that broke out this week in Southern California has burned an estimated total of about 175,000 acres, or 273 square miles.  A red flag warning for low humidity and gusty winds remains in effect through Sunday evening for much of Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego counties.

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