California wildfire calms down, police hold 3 in custody

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA – The United States of America never looked so divided, in the eyes of Mother Nature that is.

To the north and east – it’s cold! But, the West Coast is mighty toasty.

Fire crews are working to contain the Colby fire – a 1,700 acre blaze burning about 30 miles from downtown L.A.

Police say the fire started before dawn Thursday when three men allegedly let their campfire get out of control in the midst of red flag warnings.

“I don’t think they cared to be honest with you. They were three guys in their early 20s camping up in the foothills. They may have cared, but I can only assume that fire safety wasn’t their top priority,” said Chief Tim Staab with the Glendora Police Department.

And, because fire safety wasn’t their “top priority,” all three men are in jail facing top charges.

The good news – firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the fire and some people have been allowed to go home. But, looking ahead, the state of California isn’t in the clear.

“As we move further into the actual summer months, things are only going to get drier,” said Daniel Berlant with CalFire.

With that being said…Mother Nature, can’t you start showing Cali a little love?!