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2 Homes Burn in Southern California Wildfire

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Authorities say up to 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that burned two homes and threatened neighborhoods in the dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains. 
 
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 1/2 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.

Meanwhile, the huge smoke plume from the fire is not affecting air traffic.
 
Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Ian Gregor says, however, that temporary flight restrictions have been imposed in the area where the fire broke out before dawn Thursday in the San Gabriel Mountains above the city of Glendora.
 
The restriction is intended to protect firefighting aircraft and covers a five-mile radius around the fire from the ground up to 6,000 feet above sea level.
 
The plume is visible in National Weather Service satellite images.  (AP)  

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