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Three Arrested As Wildfire Burns More Than 1,700 Acres Near Los Angeles

More than 2,000 people were evacuated Thursday as a fast-moving wildfire broke out near Glendora, Calif. Three men are in custody in connection with the fire.

Posted on January 16, 2014, at 2:04 p.m. ET

Update: Three men were taken into custody for "recklessly starting a fire," according to Glendora police.

AP Photo / Glendora Police

Clifford Henry, 22, Jonathan Jarrell, 23 and Steven Aguirre, 21 were booked and held on $20,000 bail.

#colbyfire We currently have 3 in custody. More info to come.


#colbyfire We currently have 3 in custody. More info to come.

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On Wednesday, Jarrell posted he was "going to hunt mountain lions" and tagged the two other men.

More than 1,700 acres burned Thursday in the hills above Glendora, Calif., after a campfire burned out of control and raced toward homes.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Five homes were destroyed and 17 other buildings were damaged.

Los Angeles Times

Two thousand people were evacuated from 870 homes. Three people suffered injuries in the fire, including one civilian.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

More than 700 firefighters battled the blaze, along with 70 engines.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Authorities also used a fleet of helicopters and air tankers dropping water and retardant on the fire.

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Glendora is about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from satellite.


Smoke from the fire could be seen downtown.

And in the beach cities.

Earlier in the day, a resident reported seeing "suspicious" men moving downhill from the fire.

Glendora police said one of the three men detained later admitted to starting the fire and was "apologetic."

Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times / MCT