WHITTIER, Calif. – At least two homes were destroyed in Whittier, California, by a wind-driven brush fire on Thursday afternoon. The Los Aneles County Fire Department said the Sycamore Fire started around 3 p.m. local time and scorched four acres. But crews they stopped any forward progress.
Flames quickly spread through a hillside's dry vegetation, with Santa Ana winds gusting to 40 mph. The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory and a Heat Advisory for the area, which has seen temperatures nearing 90 degrees.
Crews battled the fire from the ground and L.A. County Fire requested 200 additional firefighters.
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The dry weather has kept firefighters busy.
The Emerald Fire forced evacuations on Thursday and led to parts of the Pacific Coast Highway to be closed.