MONROVIA, Calif. (April 21, 2013)—Firefighters were gaining the upper hand Sunday on a brush fire that erupted in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills east of Los Angeles.
Authorities were lifting evacuation orders for residents of some 200 homes who were forced to flee after the fire broke out Saturday in Monrovia, Calif.
City officials said equipment used by a gardener working in a backyard sparked the fire.
The flames spread to the hillside behind the residence, scorching about 175 acres.
The fire was 50 percent contained.
The city's fire chief said dry, thick brush on steep terrain made the fire difficult to contain.