Bone-dry vegetation fueled wildfires near Los Angeles, amid warnings that the risk of new blazes erupting was high, as temperatures spike and humidity levels drop during a statewide heat wave, Friday.
READ MORE: Firefighters battled three wildfires Friday near the southern California city of Los Angeles.
The so-called Lake Fire north of Los Angeles prompted evacuations after threatening more than 5,400 homes, destroying 21 buildings and at least five homes and torching more than 79.7 square kilometers of land, fire officials said.
A fire in the foothills above the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa remained uncontained Friday as it burned nearly 6 square kilometers of brush on Thursday. After the blaze moved away from homes, evacuation orders were lifted Friday morning.
Fire crews also contained a blaze east of Los Angeles Friday after closing in on a neighborhood in the city of Corona.
Friday’s wildfires were fueled by temperatures that peaked at 38 degrees. Forecasters expect more hot and dry weather conditions this weekend, along with the possibility of gusty winds.