- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) - Two fires that broke out in Southern California on Sunday burned at least three structures, hundreds of acres of dry brush and led to the arrest of one person, authorities said.

A wildfire that was sparked near a former rehabilitation center in Castaic burned three structures before spreading to at least 500 acres in the Angeles National Forest, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Mitchell said.

Dry, thick brush was fueling the blaze, he said.

Meanwhile, a brush fire started near a riverbed in Montebello, a suburb 8 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, halted operations at an oil field, prompted the evacuation of a park and road closures.

The fire, which was reported shortly after 1 p.m., jumped a road and spread into the Montebello Hills. It burned portions of the PXP oil field, leading authorities to halt operations of the site.



A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson, Montebello Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Amador told the Whittier Daily News.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter made a hard landing while assisting in the firefight, causing a minor injury to a crew member, fire Inspector Chris Reade said.

The fire, which grew to about 200 acres, was 20 percent contained.

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