Firefighters battle to tame Los Angeles-area wildfires

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A Los Angeles County fire helicopter makes a night drop while battling the so-called Fish Fire above Azusa, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Smoke from two fires burning in the Angeles National Forest rises with the downtown skyline in the foreground in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan ALcorn TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Los Angeles County Fire Department water dropping helicopter flies over one of two wildfires in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
A layer of haze shrouds downtown Los Angeles early Wednesday morning on June 22, 2016. For days, wildfires have raged amid spiking heat across Southern California and much of the West, driving hundreds of people from their homes. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Horses are seen before they are evacuated from a ranch as a wildfire is burning along a hillside in Azusa, Calif., Monday, June 20, 2016. New wildfires erupted Monday near Los Angeles and chased people from their suburban homes as an intense heatwave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A firefighting plane makes a water drop on a hill near a wildfire in Duarte, Calif., Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Surging wildfires on Tuesday forced new evacuations of hundreds of homes across the West, while firefighters worked to beat back a pair of huge adjacent blazes looming over suburban Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A dead tree is enshrouded in smoke June 20, 2016 in Duarte, as twin fires which have already scorched more than 3,500 acres and forced evacuations continue to burn with zero percent containment in the San Gabriel Valley, northeast of Los Angeles. / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars drive west on the 210 freeway in Pasadena, California as heavy smoke from the Reservoir Fire and the Morris Fire is seen in San Gabriel mountains northeast of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest, June 20, 2016. (AFP / ROBYN BECK)
DUARTE, CA - JUNE 20: -- Daniel Medina, 14, helps load the car of important belongings as a wild fire crested the ridgeline near his house. Firefighters in the air and on the ground work to control a fire that broke out in Duarte. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JUNE 20: Smoke from the Fish Fire in the Angeles National Forest near Duarte, California is seen beyond a cross on June 20, 2016 in Pasadena, California. The Fish Fire and nearby Reservoir Fire exploded to 2,000 acres in the first few hours as southern California swelters under a heat wave that is breaking record-high temperatures across the American Southwest. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A Los Angeles County fire helicopter makes a night drop while battling the so-called Fish Fire above Azusa, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Los Angeles County Fire Department pumper truck is seen near one of two wildfires in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Firefighters watch a wildfire in Azusa, Calif., Monday, June 20, 2016. New wildfires erupted Monday near Los Angeles and chased people from their suburban homes as an intense heatwave stretching from the West Coast to New Mexico blistered the region. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A Los Angeles County firefighting helicopter makes a water drop on a hill near a wildfire in Duarte, Calif. Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Firefighters worked to make gains against Southern California wildfires as an intense heat wave eased slightly Tuesday, but officials warned nearby communities to stay alert and obey any evacuation orders. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Reuters) - Firefighters were working to expand fire-breaks on Wednesday around two wildfires blazing across drought-parched foothills northeast of Los Angeles, as evacuation orders for hundreds of residents stretched into a second day, authorities said.

The fires, jointly referred to by authorities as the San Gabriel Complex, have charred about 4,900 acres (1,983 hectares) in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Forest Service said in a post on Twitter.

Just 10 percent of the fires, which started a few miles apart early on Monday, have been contained, it said.

Nearly 800 homes were under evacuation orders on Wednesday due to the flames, fueled largely by chaparral and severe heat.

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An emu runs to escape an approaching wildfire as it burns near Potrero, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
An emu runs to escape an approaching wildfire as it burns near Potrero, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
An emu runs to escape an approaching wildfire as it burns near Potrero, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
An emu runs to escape an approaching wildfire as it burns near Potrero, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
An emu runs to escape an approaching wildfire as it burns near Potrero, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
An emu runs to escape an approaching wildfire as it burns near Potrero, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A sheriff's car works to herd an emu off the highway as a wild fire continues to burn just north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, California, U.S. June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents try to herd an Emu off the highway as a wild fire continues to burn just north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, California, U.S. June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents try to herd an Emu off the highway as a wild fire continues to burn just north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, California, U.S. June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A California Fire official tries to herd an Emu off the highway as a wild fire continues to burn just north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, California, U.S. June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent and a CAL Fire official try to herd an Emu off the highway as a wild fire continues to burn just north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, California, U.S. June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer Constantino Zarate tries to herd an Emu off the highway as a wildfire continues to burn north of the U.S. Mexico border near Potrero, California, U.S. June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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No property losses or serious injuries were reported, and officials said late Tuesday the flames appeared to be moving toward remote wilderness areas.

While the cause of the fires has not been determined, some 95 percent of wildfires that burn through tangled, thorny chaparral vegetation in California is caused by humans, the Forest Service said.

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