Wildfire grows in Azusa Canyon — 10 percent contained

Some reports have listed the Morris Fire at 700 acres this morning. The state’s Inciweb site maintains that the blaze has consumed 275 acres. 

As many as 600 firefighters are on scene. Sheriff’s personnel are conducting voluntary evacuations along East Fork Road as a precaution. Here’s the complete InciWeb update from 11 hours ago:

Incident Overview

Morris Fire started at 4:27 pm and is burning in San Gabriel Canyon near Morris Dam on the Los Angeles River Ranger District.



Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2009 approx 02:27 PM
Location Hwy 39 MM20 and MM21
Incident Commander Loring Buchwald

Current Situation

Total Personnel 600
Size 275 acres
Percent Contained 10%
Fuels Involved

Medium Brush and Chaparral

Outlook

Terrain Difficulty

Steep

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 3 – 5 mph NW
Temperature 74 degrees

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Wildfire scorches 25 acres in Azusa Canyon near East Fork *

With a header visible throughout the San Gabriel Valley, a wildfire is burning out of control in Azusa Canyon near Morris Dam and East Fork Road. Preliminary data indicates the fire has burned about 25 acres. Several news helicopters are hovering above the brusher.

Here’s the Inciweb link to the fire which says:
Morris Fire started at 4:27 pm and is burning in San Gabriel Canyon near Morris Dam on the Los Angeles River Ranger District.



Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday August 25th, 2009 approx 02:27 PM
Incident Commander Div. 2

Current Situation

Total Personnel 145
Size 50 acres

Current Weather

Temperature 84 degrees

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Wildfire burns out of control near Temecula

No evacuations underway, but this might be the season’s first wildfire, from Valley News:

TEMECULA- A wildland fire that began at approximately 2:34 p.m. west of Temecula in the De Luz area of Riverside County is now reported to have encompasses between 75 and 100 acres.

With winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour, officials say the blaze is moving toward Winchester Road.

Rancho California Road has now been closed in both direction at Business Center Drive.

Firefighters on the scene say the fire is burning in steep, dense terrain in heavy fuel (brush-filled) areas.

Fire officials have not indicated any evacuations are underway at this time.

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Green Flag flies in Sierra Madre

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The Sierra Madre emergency alert system is flying a green flag today — which means the city is in Stage One alert mode for potential mudslides.

The system alerts residents to mudslide danger on local hillsides. It grew out of a wildfire last spring that destroyed several acres fo brush in the foothills just above the tiny San Gabriel Valley community.

Here’s what a Green Flag means, according to the site:

The City’s state of emergency level is now at Stage One: GREEN FLAG–Activated under a prediction of 80%–100% chance of precipitation. Affected residents should get “READY” for potential evacuation. This includes keeping a close watch on weather forecasts.

Here’s some city links of interest:

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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
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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.

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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
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