Residents of 44 homes evacuated because of potential mud and debris slides triggered by heavy rains north of Los Angeles were allowed to return home Sunday after the weather improved, authorities said.
Bone-dry conditions in an area that has not seen a major fire in more than 60 years pushed a Southern California wildfire from 45,000 acres to more than 100,000 acres in a matter of hours Monday, fire officials said.
Fires in central and southern California raged Saturday as triple-digit temperatures mixed with dry conditions continued to fuel the flames, torching thousands of acres and threatening scores of homes.
Wildfires driven by hurricane-strength winds tore through Southern California on Saturday for the second day in a row, destroying hundreds of homes, displacing thousands of people and forcing freeway closures and rotating blackouts.
Sizzling heat and shifting winds hindered firefighters trying to contain a wildfire moving across the Santa Clarita foothills northwest of Los Angeles on Sunday, prompting authorities to order hundreds of residents to evacuate.