Out of Control

Southern California Is on Fire: 1,700 Acres and Counting (Photos)

Authorities outside Los Angeles struggled to contain the Colby Fire, which has caused thousands in the parched foothills to evacuate. A look at the toll on the ground.

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Authorities outside Los Angeles struggled to contain the Colby Fire, which has caused thousands in the parched foothills to evacuate. A look at the toll on the ground.

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California Wildfire Rages

Firefighters monitor the Colby Fire burning for a second day on a hillside on Highway 39 in Azusa, Calif., on Friday. Three men have been arrested and charged with starting the fire that has now destroyed 1,700 acres and several homes around Glendora and Azusa in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, prompting officials to order evacuations for houses near the fire.

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Sunrise Over Smoke

Thick smoke fills the morning skies as firefighters battled the Colby Fire, in the hills of Glendora on Thursday. The wildfire roared out of control in foothills above Los Angeles, forcing more than 1,000 residents to flee, fire and law enforcement officials said.

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Close to Home

Jim Crawford, 67, and his daughter, Katie, 11, who live nearby, watch the wildfires burn through the hillsides on Thursday in Glendora, Calif.

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Aid From Above

A plane works to control wildfires as they burn through hillsides near Azusa, Calif.

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Extinguisher From the Skies

A helicopter drops water. The wind-whipped blaze erupted before dawn on Thursday in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

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Tough Going

Firefighters are hit by heavy boulders rolling downhill, with one suffering a broken ankle, as they battled the Colby Fire on Thursday.

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Visible From Space

The Colby Fire is seen in this satellite image captured just after noon PT on Thursday, in this picture provided by NASA.

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The Big Guns Arrive

A "super scooper" air tanker makes water drops in the hills of Glendora on Thursday.

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On the Front Lines

Firefighter Jason Mendoza helps extinguish the wildfires as they near the house of Michael Allawos on Glendora's Highcrest Road on Thursday.

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Path of Destruction

A homes is engulfed in flames near Glendora.

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By Any Means

A local resident uses a garden hose to protect his home in Glendora.

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Fighting for Control

Firefighters watch as water falls from a firefighting aircraft in Azusa on Thursday.

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At the Scene

Homes are engulfed in flames, as media reports on the Colby Fire in Glendora on Thursday.

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All Is Lost

The Colby Fire claims a Glendora home.

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All That Remains

Flames claimed the Singer Mansion, north of Glendora.