Crews working on containing brush fire that threatened thousands of people in Calabasas

CALABASAS (AP) — Crews working in steep canyons took advantage of cooler temperatures and calmer winds as they held back a brush fire that drove residents from homes in the hills northwest of Los Angeles.

Officials say the fire near the wealthy and semi-rural enclave of Calabasas is 75 percent contained Sunday afternoon – up from 30 percent at daybreak.

Firefighters used water-dropping aircraft to attack the eastern and southern flanks, keeping the blaze at just over 500 acres.

Residents of Calabasas were allowed back into their homes, but evacuation orders remain in parts of nearby Topanga.

Sheriff’s officials said an estimated 3,000 homes were threatened and about 5,000 residents were evacuated at the fire’s height Saturday. Three homes sustained minor damage.

Temperatures on Sunday hovered in the mid-80s – down from more than 100 degrees a day earlier.

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