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Car crash sparked 500-Acre Calabasas fire that damaged homes, resulted in 5,000 evacuations

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CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A  that downed power lines turned the hills northwest of Los Angeles into torches, forcing thousands from their homes and putting entire neighborhoods at risk in this prosperous semi-rural enclave.

Fifty-foot-high flames erupted on the ridges and embers turned trees into candles Saturday afternoon. And while the flames eased overnight, firefighters continued Sunday to battle the blaze. Some 3,000 homes were threatened and about 5,000 residents were evacuated, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

This photo provided by Luis Pelayo shows  the corner of Eddingham and Mullhuland Hwy in Calabasas, Calif., Saturday, June, 4 2016. This was about 1/4 mile from car accident that started fire. (Luis Pelayo via AP)
This photo provided by Luis Pelayo shows the corner of Eddingham and Mullhuland Hwy in Calabasas, Calif., Saturday, June, 4 2016. This was about 1/4 mile from car accident that started fire. (Luis Pelayo via AP)

The  flared as Southern California sweltered under temperatures that hit the mid-90s in many places. Sunday’s high in Calabasas was expected to be around 86.

At its height, the flames put about 3,000 homes at risk, although not under imminent threat,  officials said.

“We’re dealing with a  that’s moving in every direction simultaneously…we can’t get to everybody,” Battalion Chief Dennis Cross told KNBC-TV.

Firefighters douse a brush in the foothills outside of Calabasas, Calif. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. A fast-moving brush fire sweeping through hills northwest of downtown Los Angeles has damaged homes and prompted neighborhood evacuations. Los Angeles County fire officials now say the brushfire is threatening about 3,000 homes in the Calabasas neighborhood. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Firefighters douse a brush in the foothills outside of Calabasas, Calif. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. A fast-moving brush fire sweeping through hills northwest of downtown Los Angeles has damaged homes and prompted neighborhood evacuations. Los Angeles County fire officials now say the brushfire is threatening about 3,000 homes in the Calabasas neighborhood. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Three homes were damaged but the extent of the damage wasn’t clear, Los Angeles County  Capt. Keith Mora said. Some other buildings, including some at a city park, also were damaged.

The  started as three blazes that erupted after a car hit a power pole and knocked down electrical lines, authorities said. One  in the West Hills area of Los Angeles was quickly doused but other blazes in Calabasasjoined and raced through drought-dry  in hills surrounded by developments.

The blaze grew to 200 acres in a matter of hours. Embers ignited trees and clumps of  within yards of million-dollar homes.

The smoke could be seen for miles.

This photo provided by Matthew Dangerfield shows billowing smoke  from the Calabasas, Calif., fire as the clouds passed over the homes of Park Calabasas, Saturday, June 4, 2016. Los Angeles County fire officials now say a brushfire in the Calabasas neighborhood is threatening about 3,000 homes. Capt. Keith Mora tells KCAL-TV that's how many are near the 200-acre blaze that erupted Saturday afternoon northwest of downtown Los Angeles. He says about 200 homes and some 500 people are under mandatory evacuation but the others are strongly urged to leave the area, where flames up to 50 feet high rolled along ridgetops and torched trees right next to million-dollar homes.  (Matthew Dangerfield via AP)
This photo provided by Matthew Dangerfield shows billowing smoke from the Calabasas, Calif., fire as the clouds passed over the homes of Park Calabasas, Saturday, June 4, 2016. Los Angeles County fire officials now say a brushfire in the Calabasas neighborhood is threatening about 3,000 homes. Capt. Keith Mora tells KCAL-TV that’s how many are near the 200-acre blaze that erupted Saturday afternoon northwest of downtown Los Angeles. He says about 200 homes and some 500 people are under mandatory evacuation but the others are strongly urged to leave the area, where flames up to 50 feet high rolled along ridgetops and torched trees right next to million-dollar homes. (Matthew Dangerfield via AP)

Some horse-owners in the area put the animals in trailers and hauled them away.

Authorities set up an evacuation center for people with large animals at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

Around 200 firefighters, aided by bulldozers and water-dropping helicopters, had the blaze 15 percent contained by late Saturday night.

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