Related: Wildfire leads to 1,300 evacuations in S.
BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Southern California wildfire apparently was ignited by
remnants of a controlled forest burn that escaped, the Associated Press reported
Tuesday, citing a U.S. Forest Service official.
Hawkins, Chief of the Cleveland National Forest, said fire
crews ignited a prescribed burn last Thursday in a 10-acre forest area near
Sierra Peak, and at the time no Santa Ana winds were predicted for at least five
But roots and other material can continue to burn
underground if not fully mopped up.
"Normally fire will burn for two weeks after you think
they're out. бн But that's no excuse, we had several days to mop that up with our
fire engines," he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
The 3,500-acre blaze, which began Monday in the forest
east of the cities of Anaheim and Orange, has forced more than 2,000 homes to
The wildfire had been contained, but the dry winds were
forecast to continue through Wednesday. However, some residents had
managed to return to evacuated areas. Enditem