California's hills struck by wildfire, residents told to leave

STORY: The so-called Sheep Fire, which erupted on Saturday (June 11) evening in the Angeles National Forest, had burned across some 990 acres of brush and vegetation as of Monday afternoon. The area has been left parched by an ongoing drought plaguing California and much of the U.S. Southwest.

The blaze was listed as only 5 percent contained as of Monday morning and the nearly 700 firefighters were hampered by flames burning in dense vegetation and steep terrain, fanned by erratic winds, fire managers said on tracking website InciWeb.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office ordered evacuations for Wrightwood, a ski town of some 4,500 people at along the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as homes dotted along Highway 2.

No casualties had been reported and no structures burned, according to fire managers, but downed power lines were hampering communications.

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