Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for several Monrovia neighborhoods where a brush fire has grown to 50 acres, officials said.
The evacuations went into effect at 1:45 p.m. for several neighborhoods, including the Magnolia, Heather Heights, Alta Vista, Melrose, Patricia Way, Hidden Valley, Mesa Circle and Sky Way areas, said Jennifer McLain, a city spokeswoman.
The fire started shortly after 11 a.m. in the backyard of a home near Crescent Drive and Madison Avenue, McLain said. The fire spread to the hillside behind the residence, she said.
An evacuation center has been set up at 119 Palm Ave., she said.
In addition to Monrovia firefighters, crews from Pasadena, Montebello, Arcadia, Los Angeles County and the U.S. Forest Service have been dispatched to the scene, she said. Firefighting planes and helicopters are also assisting.