Monday Weather Expected to Help Complete Battle Against Monrovia Fire - NBC Southern California

Monday Weather Expected to Help Complete Battle Against Monrovia Fire

Firefighters were working in difficult terrain on Monday



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    A blaze that began in the Monrovia foothills on Saturday, pictured, was 85 percent contained on Monday, April 22, 2013. Here, a U.S. Forest Service firefighter, bottom left, turns to get out as flames roar up a mountainside in the early stages of the brush fire.

    A fire that forced mandatory evacuations for residents of the Monrovia foothills remained 85 percent contained Monday morning, nearly two days after the blaze began.

    The city of Monrovia tweeted at about 9 a.m. that the Madison Fire was 85 percent contained – the same level of containment as Sunday afternoon.

    No additional acres burned overnight, the city said on its website.

    "Weather today shows increased humidity with a marine fog layer in the morning and light winds. If predicted weather comes to fruition, this will be a very successful shift," the city said.

    "Fire fighters today are facing several obstacles as they work on cutting the remaining line: steep terrain with sheer drops as much as 100 feet, rattlesnakes, bears, and boulders."

    The blaze broke out about 11 a.m. Saturday, sparked by a motorized weed trimmer that was being used to clear brush and reduce fire danger, fire officials said.

    The fire spread rapidly in dry brush on Saturday, consuming about 125 acres in San Gabriel Mountain foothills adjacent to the city. The fire at one point had been estimated at 175 acres, but officials downgraded that size.

    The city ordered about 200 homes evacuated, a command that was lifted for most by Saturday evening.

    On Sunday afternoon, the remaining evacuees were allowed to return to their homes.

    On Monday, hillside residents living near the edge of the burn area were told to drive slowly and be aware of fire personnel.

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