2 homes burn in Southern California wildfire

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A fast-moving California wildfire, so-called the "Colby Fire," burns nearby homes, in the hills of Glendora January 16, 2014. The wildfire, started accidentally by three campers, roared out of control in foothills above Los Angeles on Thursday, destroying at least two homes and forcing more than 1,000 residents to flee, fire and law enforcement officials said. The wind-whipped blaze erupted before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. (REUTERS/Gene Blevins)

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say up to 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that burned two homes and threatened neighborhoods in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains wildfire.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby says one resident suffered minor burn injuries in the fire being fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into the city below.

At least 2 ½ square miles of dry brush were charred in the wilderness area about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Police say the fire was started by three people throwing paper in a campfire. They were booked on charges of recklessly starting a fire.

The area, which has been historically dry, has been buffeted by the winds which have raised temperatures into the 80s.

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