Campers flee wildfire in Southern California mountain town

Jul 18, 2015 11:41 AM by News Staff

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a forest fire broke out in the San Gabriel Mountains, forcing several hundred campers to flee and threatening structures in the community of Wrightwood.

David Cruz, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, says the fire began late Friday and spread to at least 25 acres of timber.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Diane Hecht said 90 members of a Girl Scouts troupe fled a campground in Wrightwood by bus.

She said additionally, up to 300 campers were evacuated from another campground in the area.

The mountain town, located 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is home to about 4,500 people.

It isn't immediately clear how close the flames have come to populated areas.

No one at the Angeles National Forest could be reached for comment.

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