Southern California brush fire threatens homes, prompts evacuations

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California wild fire damages homes, prompting evacuations

(Reuters) - A brush fire outside Los Angeles was threatening thousands of homes and has prompted mandatory evacuation of local residents, authorities said on Saturday.

The 200-acre brush fire in Calabasas, a small Los Angeles County city some 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and about halfway between the Malibu and Santa Monica, was reportedly triggered when a vehicle hit a utility pole, downing power lines.

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A helicopter is silhouetted by glowing embers as it makes a water drop at the "Old Fire", which burned in Calabasas, California, U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
A helicopter flies above glowing embers as it makes a water drop run at the "Old Fire", which burned in Calabasas, California, U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A helicopter flies above glowing embers as it makes a water drop run at the "Old Fire", which burned in Calabasas, California, U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A smoldering hillside is pictured as the "Old Fire" burns in Calabasas, California U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
A helicopter flies over a smoldering hillside as the "Old Fire" burns in Calabasas, California U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Firefighters watch as the "Old Fire" burns a hillside in Calabasas, California U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
A smoldering hillside is pictured as the "Old Fire" burns in Calabasas, California U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Firefighters watch as the "Old Fire" burns a hillside in Calabasas, California U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
A helicopter makes a water drop over a hotspot while battling the "Old Fire" burning in Calabasas, California U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
A helicopter makes a water drop run at the "Old Fire", which burned in Calabasas, California, U.S., June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Several homes were damaged, fire officials said, and mandatory evacuations were ordered for some Calabasas residents as about 250 firefighters battled to contain the blaze. Helicopters and air tankers were also brought in to make water drops.

CNN quoted Calabasas city manager Tony Coroalles as saying that 3,000 homes, or about 5,000 people, had been evacuated.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud)


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