Crews Start To Contain Area Fire in L.A.

Most of the 1,000 residents evacuated in Sierra Madre allowed to return

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. - Lower temperatures and increased manpower on Tuesday allowed firefighters to tame much of a wildfire that had gotten perilously close to dozens of homes and led hundreds of people to evacuate.

The fire in the rugged San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles was 57 percent contained early Tuesday after covering 538 acres, or less than a square mile.

Most of the more than 1,000 people evacuated from their homes had been allowed to return and public schools in the community of about 11,000 residents were reopening Tuesday. No homes have been lost in Sierra Madre, 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles.