Firefighters douse huge fire at California recycling center

This story has been updated.

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that tore through a Southern California recycling center and sent up a cloud of smoke visible for miles is under control.

Crews worked Saturday to mop up scattered flames on the sprawling property in Ontario, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

It stored wooden pallets, bales of cardboard and other recyclables.

About 200 people living nearby were evacuated and have since returned home.

At the height of the fire, an enormous plume of black smoke could be seen for miles.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and a woman was treated for smoke inhalation.

Fire Capt. John Sitar says the fire ignited the recycled goods and some structures on the property were burned.

The cause of the fire is investigation.

KRQE News 13 previously reported that the fire was in Ontario, Canada. The fire is actually in Ontario, California. This story has been updated with the Associated Press version containing the correct information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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