WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. - Despite mandatory evacuation orders due to an encroaching wildfire, half of the residents of Wrightwood are staying put.
"We've had worse and we've stayed through it," resident Sherri Hannon told ABC7, a Los Angeles television station. "I don't want to leave the house."
The Blue Cut fire has been spreading fast in San Bernardino County since Tuesday morning. Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate and flames are making their way toward the town of Wrightwood. Even so, authorities say only half of the community's 4,500 residents have complied with evacuation orders.
"This is not the time to mess around," said Battalion Chief Mark Peebles of the San Bernardino County Fire Department. "If you are asked to evacuate, please evacuate."