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Crews get upper hand on SoCal wildfire

April 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

MONROVIA, Calif., April 21 (UPI) -- Firefighters said they were confident Sunday they could corral a spring wildfire outside Los Angeles that forced the evacuation of about 200 homes.

The evacuation order for about 100 of the residences in Monrovia was lifted Saturday night after fire crews increased containment of the 175-acre blaze to 50 percent.

No structures were damaged and weather conditions were turning more favorable.

"We were really fortunate we were able to stave off the fire and protect the homes," Monrovia city spokeswoman Jennifer McLain told the Los Angeles Times.

The fire started Saturday in the back yard of a home in northwest Monrovia just days after a report warned that the relatively dry winter would mean an active wildfire season throughout California.

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