The wildfire by Santa Ana winds lushed through 1,200 acres of wilderness in Southern California. Forcing evacuation of 1,500 homes, it happened near Orange County suburbs.
The dwellings bordering Cleveland National Forest, in Anaheim and the city of Orange were protected by fire crews. And there were no reports of damage, said Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Dennis Shell. Miles across the Los Angeles metropolitan region, pungent smoke stained the skies brown.
From Santa Barbara County south to the U.S.-Mexico border, red flag warnings for critical fire danger were posted for much of the region.
“The ash was coming down like snow, I had all the windows and door shut because it was just overwhelming,” said Kathie Scott, who was told by a firefighter to evacuate her Mayberry Ranch home. She got out with two dogs but had to leave behind a cat and two guinea pigs.