"CRESTLINE, Calif. — A Southern California wildfire has surged in size and put thousands of homes in potential peril.
Smoke plumes roiling from flaming ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains blew all the way across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas as the blaze on Monday forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes.
Firefighters aided by 16 aircraft battled flames that spread across nearly 10 square miles on the northern side of the rugged mountain range east of Los Angeles.
People in some 375 homes were ordered to evacuate, authorities said.
Residents of about 5,000 more were advised that they may want to evacuate, the San Bernardino County sheriff's office said."