11-acre Zermatt fire in Wrightwood no longer spreading, officials say

A helicopter flies through smoke put up by the Zermatt fire in Wrightwood on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
A helicopter flies through smoke put up by the Zermatt fire in Wrightwood on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Sarah Alvarado, Contributing Photographer

WRIGHTWOOD >> An 11-acre wildfire that started Saturday in Wrightwood and threatened some houses has stopped spreading.

The Zermatt fire, which was burning on Lone Pine Canyon Road in the San Gabriel Mountains, was 50 percent contained by Sunday morning, officials said. Firefighters on Sunday were continuing to build containment lines and “mop up” areas that have burned.

There is no estimated time for full containment, Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy said.

Though weather Sunday in Wrightwood is expected to be warm and sunny — with temperatures in the high 80s — officials don’t believe it will affect the fire, Judy said. The only weather-related concern fire officials have is for the firefighters themselves, he said.

About five homes were evacuated Saturday along Pacific Crest Drive between Zermatt Drive and Lone Pine Canyon Road, in addition to homes east of Pacific Crest Drive, officials said Saturday. The evacuation orders were lifted about 5 p.m. Saturday.

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