Fire threatens homes in Diamond Bar

Several fires broke out Tuesday in a densely populated area of Diamond Bar along the 60 freeway.

Super Scoopers have already attacked the blazes. it is uncertain how many homes are threatened. Fire seems to be rapidly moving through brush along hte 60 freeway. A smoke plume is visible from our office here in West Covina.

Here’s a Google Map of the area:



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Thursday’s column — What if the Raiders came to Diamond Bar?

I want to see professional football return to Los Angeles.

But then, sometime Wednesday morning, I broke out in a cold sweat and began pondering a problem, “What if it’s the Raiders?”

It got me thinking about broken down Winnebagos parked in ritzy Diamond Bar and Walnut neighborhoods; grungy bikers up and down Grand Avenue and Diamond Bar Boulevard, drunken orgies, beatings and empty bottles of Jack Daniels lining gutters on peaceful streets with names like Quail Summit or Snow Creek Drive.

I remember a tailgate party a few years back outside the Oakland Coliseum just before a game between the Raiders and the Buccaneers. Guys riding Harleys and Indians rumbled down Hegenberger Road and 66th Street, waving flags and shouting.

I can only imagine the shivers that course up and down the spines of the Casper Milquetoasts and other timid souls who came to Diamond Bar and Walnut seeking refuge from the madness of the big city.

Then came the visions of fans of all ethnicities clad in silver and black tossing back Mad Dog 20/20, Old English or Colt .45 malt liquors, bumping hip hop at full volume and generally terrorizing anyone wearing Steelers or Chargers or Broncos gear.

Actually, I remember covering a game back in 1990 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where Raiders fans nearly beat a Steelers fan to death.

The hapless victim had been circling the stadium waving a GameDay program emblazoned with the Steelers three-diamond logo and shouting “Steelers! Steelers!”

When a guy from Agoura Hills was hauled into court and charged with assault, his attorney blamed the Raiders.

The attorney wasn’t alone, Hunter S. Thompson once described Darth Vader as a “punk compared to (Raider owner) Al Davis.”

In any event, the Raiders blamed beer and shut off booze sales the next week when the team played Seattle. LAPD officers patrolled the Coliseum armed with binoculars and ultimately kept the peace.

The next time I saw the Steelers and Raiders it was in Oakland. I was sitting in the end zone seats affectionately referred to as “Black Hole.” I sat behind “Darth Raider” and pretty near a guy wearing a grim reaper outfit and skull mask.

Some idiot with long blond hair and a day job sat in front of all of us. He took to waiving the Steelers trademark “Terrible Towel” in a ritual reminiscent of a suicidal matador surrounded by angry bulls.

“Fool,” I thought. I’m pretty sure he was beaten in the parking lot after the Steelers won 29-10.

Perhaps my apprehension is misguided.

“You also have to take into consideration its Oakland,” Industry Sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Watson said. “It’s not San Francisco and not the city of Industry. If it’s the Raiders who come here, especially with the kind of pressure they are going to be under, they are going to be taking great pains to fit in the community.”

Whew. So much for that.

I can root for the Cardinals in peace on Super Sunday.

Cops suspected of beating handcuffed Diamond Bar man

What was it Hunter S. Thompson said about North Las Vegas?

“North Las Vegas is where you go when you’ve f—ed up once too often on the Strip, and when you’re not even welcome in the cut-rate downtown places. … This is Nevada’s answer to East St. Louis — a slum and a graveyard, last stop before permanent exile to Ely or Winnemucca.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal:

North Las Vegas detectives arrested two of the department’s own officers Thursday for misconduct during a December incident involving a casino patron.

One officer is accused of repeatedly striking the handcuffed California man in the face during the incident. Both officers are accused of lying on a police report.

Police said Mark Alan Miles and James F. Balelo, both 27, were booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of filing a false report by a public officer, a gross misdemeanor. Miles also faces a felony charge of oppression under color of office. Both officers have been with the department for almost two years.

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The incident that led to the arrests occurred just before midnight Dec. 6 at the Cannery, 2121 E. Craig Road.

Miles and Balelo were called to the casino to deal with a rowdy bar patron from Diamond Bar, Calif. The 31-year-old man, identified in the officers’ arrest report as Luis Enrique Vargas, was handcuffed in a holding cell at the casino after a citizen’s arrest was made by security guards.

He was accused of slamming his beer bottle on the casino bar and punching the screen of a video poker machine.

The arrest reports Miles and Balelo filed against Vargas were vastly different than evidence from the actual video surveillance, according to the report filed against the officers.

While in the holding cell at the casino, Miles, without provocation, repeatedly slapped Vargas and baited him to fight, according to the report filed against the officers. Balelo threatened to “bust” Vargas in the face if Vargas didn’t stop yelling at the hotel security guards who were standing outside the holding cell.

The reports the officers filed claimed that Vargas had threatened them and attempted to bite and spit on them. The officers also made up threatening quotes and attributed them to Vargas in the reports. The surveillance showed instead that he was compliant with the two officers’ requests and did not make any threats, according to the report filed against the officers.

 

Twenty percent contained — latest numbers

Freeway Complex Fire Information:
Last Updated: November 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm  
Date/Time Started: November 15, 2008 at 9:07 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE / Orange County Fire Authority / Corona City Fire / Anaheim Fire / Chino Valley Fire
County: Orange County / Riverside County
Location: Between Corona, Chino Hills, Yorba Linda, Brea & Anaheim
Acres Burned: 23,722 acres
Containment: 19% contained
Structures Threatened: 3,500 structures are threatened.
Structures Destroyed: STRUCTURES DAMAGED OR DESTROYED: 64 buildings OR 104 residences.

  • Anaheim – 10 homes, 10 apartment buildings (50 apartment units) – TOTAL of 60 residences
  • Yorba Linda – 70 residences
  • Corona – 16 residences
Evacuations:

Evacuations and Road Closures

Cause: Under Investigation  
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Orange County Fire Authority, Corona Fire, Anahiem City Fire, Chino Valley Fire, CHP, CDCR and CCC.
Total Fire Personnel:

3,699 Total Personnel
575 Engines
77 Crews
35 Dozers
7 Watertenders
16 Helicopters
12 Airtankers

Conditions:

The Freeway Complex is made up of the Freeway Fire and the Landfill Fire. CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #6 has transitioned into a unified command.

Firefighters made good progress in containing this fire as the Santa Ana Winds died down significantly.

Many Evacuations and road closures remain in effect.

Triangle Complex Information: (714) 628-7085

From Katrina to Triangle Complex

Reporter Maritza Velazquez tracked down a young woman who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina only to face the similar prospect as a resident of Diamond Bar Saturday. Here’s the top of her story:

DIAMOND BAR — Three years ago Danita Clark lost everything.
She came close to experiencing a similar loss Sunday when she and nearly 1,800 others were evacuated from their neighborhoods in Diamond Bar ahead of the raging Triangle Complex Fire.
“I took everything I could. I’ve been through Hurricane Katrina, so I know how it is to come back and not have anything,” Clark said.
In August 2005, the 22-year-old was forced to evacuate her Slidell, Louisiana home when Hurricane Katrina hit and ultimately devastated the Gulf Coast.
After living in a hotel and eating from fast food restaurants everyday for a month, she returned. But her former home was in ruins. The furniture was severely molded and the home was flooded with water that reached six-feet in height.

Most recent numbers from the Triangle Complex

Triangle Complex (includes Freeway Fire) Information:
Last Updated: November 16, 2008 at 4:00 pm  
Date/Time Started: November 15, 2008 at 9:07 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE / Orange County Fire Authority / Corona City Fire / Anaheim Fire / Chino Valley Fire
County: Orange County / Riverside County
Location: Corona and Orange County (Yorba Linda, Brea & Anaheim)
Acres Burned: 10,475 acres
Containment: 0% contained
Structures Threatened: More than 3,500 structures are threatened.
Structures Destroyed: STRUCTURES DAMAGED OR DESTROYED: 64 buildings OR 104 residences.

  • Anaheim – 10 homes, 10 apartment buildings (50 apartment units) – TOTAL of 60 residences
  • Yorba Linda – 70 residences
  • Corona – 16 residences
Evacuations:

Evacuations and Road Closures

Cause: Under Investigation  
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Orange County Fire Authority, Corona Fire, Anahiem City Fire, Chino Valley Fire, CHP, CDCR and CCC.
Total Fire Personnel:

600 Total Personnel
75 Engines
1 Crew
1 Dozer
4 Watertenders
18 Helicopters
12 Airtankers

Conditions:

The Freeway Fire and the Landfill Fire have been made into the Triangle Complex. CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #6 has transitioned into a unified command.

Major concerns are the high winds and large scale evacuations.

Evacuations and road closures remain in effect.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 4:00 pm. today.  For weather information check with National Weather Service – Southern California or California Weather.

Triangle Complex Information: (714) 628-7085

A firsthand account

This comes from blogger Bear Chick:


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We’re smack in the middle of Brea/Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, then being called the Freeway Complex fire. Last night Carbon Canyon was added and this morning Chino Hills and Diamond Bar came into the mix and now it’s called the Triangle Complex fire. I don’t think we’ve ever been this close to a fire this big. We’ve seen fire in the hills in Yorba Linda but the problem with this weekend’s fire was the Santa Ana winds kicking up. The Brea fire is about 2 miles from us, which seems like a safe distance I suppose but the fire crossed a freeway in Yorba Linda! For those of you not familiar with freeways in Cali, the 91 probably has at least 8 lanes where the fire jumped it. So 2 miles away doesn’t seem that far in view of Mother Nature’s leaping ability!