MONROVIA, Calif. (April 22, 2013)--Firefighters finishing off containment lines around a brush fire burn area Monday in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles were dealing with not only the flames, but also some bears.
Monrovia, Calif., city spokeswoman Jennifer McLain said fire crews and residents have reported at least seven bear encounters since Sunday.
She says smoke from the smoldering blaze is evidently sending the animals down into residential areas.
Animal control officers are on call to return the bears back to their normal habitat in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Crews working in steep terrain with many sheer drops are digging containment lines around the southeastern flank of the 125-acre burn area.
The area was 85 percent surrounded.
Power equipment used by a gardener working in a backyard sparked the fire Saturday.
More than 300 houses were under evacuation orders at the fire's peak.