Cool Down Expected to Help LA Firefighters

April 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Cooler weather is expected to help firefighters battling a wildfire at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains near Sierra Madre.Nearly 700 firefighters have been working to stop the fire that has burned more than 500 acres since it broke out on Saturday.

It's forced at least 1,000 people from their homes. Evacuation orders remain in effect for about 300 people. No homes have been lost in the fire and it's not yet known how it started.

Several valley fire crews are in Sierra Madre to help fight those flames. A total of fifteen firefighters from Fresno and Madera counties are part of a strike team working the front lines.

The local firefighters don't know how long they will be there, but are prepared to stay as long as necessary.