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    Arrow California remains active

    AZUSA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire spread rapidly across 3,000
    acres of national forest Sunday, sending thousands of holiday
    campers fleeing.
    The fire was burning in the Azusa Canyon area of the Angeles
    National Forest about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
    About 7,000 to 8,000 campers were told to evacuate campgrounds.
    "This was a holiday weekend and the canyon was full of
    people," state Department of Forestry dispatcher James Arthur
    said.
    Nearly 4,250 acres of brush were aflame across California.
    In El Dorado County east of Sacramento, a fire destroyed one
    house and threatened at least 30 others. It had consumed 700 acres
    Sunday and was 30 percent contained.
    A 15-year-old boy was in the county's juvenile hall in
    connection with the fire. A second boy, also 15, was questioned
    then released to his family, sheriff's Lt. Kevin House said.
    One boy was playing with matches when the fire started Saturday
    between the cities of El Dorado Hills and Rescue, House said.
    In San Bernardino County, a 554-acre fire was 46 percent
    contained Sunday. Investigators were trying to determine whether a
    burned body and an incendiary device were connected to the blaze
    that started Thursday.
    The device was discovered Sunday morning, said U.S. Forest
    Service spokeswoman Ruth Wenstrom. She had no further details.
    Nationwide, the National Interagency Fire Center reported 17
    large active fires Sunday that were burning 660,000 acres.
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    Unhappy 15 year old in custody

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 15-year-old boy is in
    custody after starting a wildfire that has burned more than 600
    acres, northern California law enforcement
    officials said Sunday, while firefighters in southern
    California have found an incendiary device in the midst of a
    wildfire there.
    Lt. Kevin House, a spokesman for the El Dorado County,
    California, Sheriff's Department, covering an area about 40
    miles east of the state capital of Sacramento, said the
    boy has admitted to starting the fire, which destroyed one home
    and threatened others, while playing with matches.
    Another 15-year-old was initially detained as well in
    connection to the fire, but was released to his parents after
    it was determined he was not involved, House said.
    As of Sunday morning five to 10 residents of homes in the
    path of the fire were still under an evacuation order, the
    spokesman said.
    A second spokesman for the sheriff's department said 1,200
    people were battling the fire, which is about half contained.
    He said the blaze was being fought so heavily because the fire
    area is surrounded by homes on two sides and on the other two
    sides by a state botanical area.
    Separately, in the San Bernardino National Forest, 80 miles
    northeast of Los Angeles, firefighters battling a
    blaze Sunday discovered a can filled with gasoline and
    equipped with a detonating device, according to Karen McKinley,
    a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.
    She said the can was drained of the gas and the detonator
    disassembled by the local sheriff's department, and the area is
    being cleaned up by a hazardous materials team. A spokesman for
    the department was not immediately available for comment.
    McKinley could not say if there was any connection between
    the device and charred human remains discovered in the area of
    the fire Friday. She also said no information had been
    provided to the Forest Service on the identity of the body.
    The fire, which has consumed 554 acres, is
    46 percent contained and is expected to be fully contained by
    next Friday.
    As of Saturday, 17 large wildfires were burning throughout
    the western United States, according to the Web site of the
    National Interagency Fire Center.
    While the number of wildfires to date this year is in line
    with the 10-year average, according to the Center's site, the
    area burned, at 6.3 million acres, is
    more than twice the 10-year average.
    Besides fires caused by people, a number of blazes this
    summer have been blamed on severe drought conditions throughout
    the West, coupled with high temperatures.

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    The Azusa fire is right on the other side of the mountain, Here in Monrovia we could see the header from that fire
    Right now it is 0% contained and burned 10,000 acres, There was a fire up there 5 years ago, I was up there few months back and alot of the vegitation has begun to grow back, Alot of vegitation in San Gabriel Canyon

    Also E101, Arcadia E105, Alhambra E71, Monterey Park E61, San Marino E91 and San Gabriel Battalion 5 were sent on Strike Team this incident to the incident in the Santa Clarita area
    This is our 8th Strike Team Deployment and 12th out of area fire assist

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    Arrow Activity Increases

    AZUSA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire spread rapidly across 10,000
    acres of national forest, sending thousands of holiday campers
    fleeing.
    About 8,000 campers, hikers and residents had to leave the
    Angeles National Forest after the fire erupted Sunday afternoon.
    Several said they were separated from friends and family and had to
    leave their belongings behind.
    "They told us we had 10 seconds to get out, to run," Lisette
    Cardenas told a Los Angeles television station. "You could see the
    smoke right behind us."
    The fire rapidly spread north on both sides of Highway 39 north
    of Azusa, about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, said U.S.
    Forest Service spokeswoman Gail Wright.
    It grew to 11,500 acres and there was no immediate word on when
    it might be contained, said Gwen Smith of the U.S. Forest Service.
    Authorities said possible causes included a lightning strike and
    a propane tank explosion. The fire destroyed an abandoned forest
    service building.
    Farther north, in El Dorado County about 40 miles east of
    Sacramento, another fire destroyed one house, consumed 776 acres
    and was threatening 30 other homes, although the danger eased by
    Monday afternoon, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Bill Fiedler said.
    A 15-year-old boy was being detained Monday in connection with
    the fire. A second boy, also 15, was released to his family on
    Saturday after being questioned by authorities, said sheriff's Lt.
    Kevin House.
    House said at least one of the boys was playing with matches
    when the fire ignited Saturday amid heavily forested canyons
    between the cities of El Dorado Hills and Rescue. Forest Service
    spokesman Ken Thompson said firefighters hoped to have it contained
    by Tuesday.
    In Wrightwood, about 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles, a
    554-acre fire was 61 percent contained. Investigators had found a
    body in the fire and drug manufacturing equipment for a
    methamphetamine lab nearby, Forest Service spokeswoman Karen
    McKinley said.
    Nationwide, the National Interagency Fire Center reported 18
    large active fires Monday that had burned more than 667,000 acres
    in eight western states.
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    Arrow Details on California's major wildland fires

    In Northern California:
    HICKOK FIRE: In El Dorado County, a 776-acre fire that began
    Saturday about 40 miles east of Sacramento was fully contained
    Monday night. The fire destroyed one house and an outbuilding.
    Eight-hundred firefighters battled the blaze, and four were treated
    for heat exhaustion. A 15-year-old boy was detained in connection
    with the blaze, and a second 15-year-old boy was released to his
    family after being questioned by authorities. At least one of the
    boys was playing with matches when the fire started.
    REDDING FIRE:
    A 50-acre fire outside Redding was 80 percent contained Monday.
    The blaze burned in heavy brush near a number of homes destroyed a
    carport, an outbuilding and a boat. It also briefly closed Highway
    299. Twenty fire engines, 4 fire crews, 5 air tankers, 1 air
    attack, 3 helicopters and 4 water trucks were called out to fight
    the fire.
    In Southern California, major wildfires northeast and north of
    Los Angeles:
    CURVE FIRE: The Angeles National Forest blaze about 35 miles
    northeast of Los Angeles grew to 11,000 acres Monday, continuing to
    burn to the northeast and southeast. About 8,000 holiday weekend
    campers were evacuated when the blaze erupted Sunday. Two homes and
    two outbuildings have burned. Portions of California Highways 2 and
    39 closed in the San Gabriel Mountains area.
    More than 1,150 firefighters include several hundred transferred
    Monday from two other nearby wildfires. The Curve fire remained out
    of control. Full containment estimated on Sept. 10. Two minor
    injuries among firefighters. Cause undetermined but believed to be
    human caused.
    WRIGHTWOOD FIRE: The San Bernardino National Forest blaze that
    began Thursday near the Mountain High ski area, was held at 554
    acres Monday, with containment increased to 84 percent. Estimated
    full containment moved up to Wednesday evening. Fire personnel
    reduced from 567 to 287 Monday with many moving to the Curve Fire,
    which is about two mountain ridges away to the southwest. Seven
    firefighter injuries described as minor. Estimated cost of fighting
    the blaze $1.9 million through Monday.
    CASTAIC FIRE: Los Angeles County fire officials said the
    977-acre blaze that erupted Sunday alongside Interstate 5 was 90
    percent contained Monday evening. The firefighting force was
    reduced from 600 to 400. Five injuries include three firefighters
    with heat exhaustion. Interstate 5 traffic curtailed after the fire
    broke out Sunday was back to normal in both north- and southbound
    by late Monday. The fire's cause has not been determined.

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    Default Back on Strike Team

    Well this afternoon
    Engine 101, Arcadia Engine 105, San Marino Engine 291, Alhambra Engine 71, Monterey Park Engine 61 and Alhambra Battalion 7 formed into strike team 1205A and are currently at the Castaic Incident

    Also enroute from this area are
    Burbank Engine's 11 and 14, Glendale Engine's 22 and 24, Pasadena Engine 31 and Battalion 3

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    Default Info on the Curve fire

    Forest Service officals are moving fire crews off the firelines on the curve fire in Azusa due to the threat of thunderstorms

    The fire is believed to of been started by candles from animal sacrifice that was taking places up there

    As for the Leona Fire in North LA County this fire is 78& contained much needed rain from hurricane now turned tropical depression in the pacfic ocean is helping firefighter's on this incident
    Strike Teams 1203A and 1205A are still not back yet

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    Post Glendale, CA

    GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - A brush fire erupted Monday in a
    wilderness park surrounded by suburbs, sending a plume of smoke
    over the Los Angeles area and briefly forcing residents out of
    their homes.
    The fire just north of downtown Los Angeles in Brand Park
    quickly spread to 520 acres across the Verdugo Mountains. By
    nightfall, it was 20 percent contained.
    "What's running this fire is the terrain - very steep, very
    heavy fuel. That's what the firefighters are working against,"
    said Glendale Fire Department Capt. Thomas Marchant.
    Thirty-three homes were evacuated along Glendale's border with
    Burbank after flames began rolling down the north face of the range
    and toward neighborhoods. But the residents were allowed to return
    a few hours later.
    The cause of the fire was under investigation.
    About 25 miles east in the San Gabriel Mountains, a wildfire was
    burning across 19,000 acres in Angeles National Forest. It was 75
    percent contained, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Susie Wood.
    That blaze is believed to have been started by candles used in
    an animal sacrifice ritual on Sept. 1. It has destroyed 73
    structures, including 50 recreational cabins and some Forest
    Service buildings.

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    Arrow Update

    GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California wildfire that
    roared through 800 acres in a wilderness area ringed by Los Angeles
    suburbs was 30 percent contained Monday evening.
    Flames burned within a mile of Glendale's western border with
    Burbank, forcing the temporary evacuation of 33 homes along two
    streets.
    "It's been years since this area burned and that's a major
    contributor to why this fire has spread," said city fire Capt.
    Thomas Marchant.
    Firefighters have set about 100 acres aflame along the inner
    edge of the fireline so that flame would meet flame instead of
    fresh fuel, he said.
    The blaze erupted shortly before noon in Brand Park on the south
    face of the Verdugo Mountains. It quickly climbed to the crest and
    burned down the north face toward neighborhoods where fire engines
    were posted as a precaution.
    Residents were asked to voluntarily evacuate other streets in
    north Glendale and eastern Burbank, but those evacuations were
    lifted by nightfall.
    The American Red Cross set up an evacuation center at a Burbank
    park, and a local state of emergency was declared as Glendale faced
    the most dangerous of two major wildfires burning in California.
    Watching the flames, resident Helen MacDonald, 84, recalled that
    the last big fire in the same area was in 1963, but it spared her
    neighborhood.
    "If it gets out of control you have to leave with as much as
    you can take, leave the rest and just hope and pray," she said.
    Roughly 225 firefighters from 10 agencies were deployed, eight
    firefighting helicopters and five airplanes made runs on flames
    eating through thick brush on rugged slopes.
    "What's running this fire is the terrain - very steep, very
    heavy fuel. That's what the firefighters are working against,"
    said Glendale fire Capt. Thomas Marchant.
    The cause of the fire remained under investigation, he said.
    The mandatory evacuations along the Glendale-Burbank border were
    ordered when the fire made a westward run before climbing north up
    the mountain slope.
    "The way it was burning, if they had had downwinds, which is
    normal for this time of day, they'd have been in trouble. I came
    over because I thought Burbank might go up," said James Trabilcy,
    36, of Burbank, watching the fire near Brand Park.
    The fire, 10 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, gushed a huge
    column of smoke that rose straight up, then bulged into a mushroom
    shape and drifted south over the metropolitan area.
    Glendale, population 200,000, is bisected by the Verdugos, a
    brush-covered range surrounded by portions of Burbank, Los Angeles
    and a number of smaller communities.
    Area temperatures were in the high 80s at midday and winds were
    light.
    About 25 miles east in the San Gabriel Mountains, a 19,075-acre
    fire in Angeles National Forest was 75 percent contained, said U.S.
    Forest Service spokeswoman Susie Wood. Full containment was
    predicted for Tuesday evening.
    Temperatures there ranged from 60 degrees to 70 degrees, with
    south-southeast winds 8-15 mph.
    The blaze, believed to have been started by candles used in an
    animal sacrifice ritual on Sept. 1, has destroyed 73 structures,
    including 50 recreational cabins and some Forest Service buildings.

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    Engine 101 responded to this incident yesterday on the 4th Alarm
    Several Type 1 and Type 3 Strike Teams from all over Southern California have been sent to this incident

    Two firefighter's have sufferd minor injuries, Right now IC and Ops Chief are discussing tactics for the next operational period at this time fresh personell are also enroute to take over for personell who have been on since yesterday

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    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A quick and aggressive response by
    firefighters quenched a grass fire Tuesday that threatened homes in
    the Oakland hills near where a 1991 fire destroyed 3,000 homes and
    killed 25 people.
    The fire forced the evacuation of a church daycare and nearby
    homes. The blaze that roared up the hill was stopped within yards
    of homes on the ridge line with million-dollar views.
    Six air tankers and three helicopters dropped water and
    flame-retardant east of Highway 580. Firefighters were able to
    surround the fire in the afternoon despite wind and high
    temperatures.
    The fire began about 11:45 a.m. No injuries were immediately
    reported. Although no homes were burned, embers singed some roofs
    and officials said at least one roof was burned. The fire was
    initially estimated at close to 30 acres although that was later
    reduced to 10 to 15 acres.
    Still, there were some tense moments while the fire raged.
    "We thought we were going to be evacuated. I was scared for my
    mom. She doesn't have a car," said Kimberly Austin, a 21-year-old
    college student who was waiting at a police barrier at the bottom
    of the hill about an hour after the fire started.
    Austin had rushed home Merritt College to try to pick up her
    mother but was unable to get past hastily erected street barriers -
    so she called her mother by cell phone.
    "I said, 'I see smoke. Are you OK?' She said, 'Well, I am
    packing up my things,"' Austin said. "I was crying. I was
    nervous, I was saying (to law enforcement) 'Please, let me go
    in."'
    In Southern California, arson investigators probed a wildfire in
    Glendale that had charred 1,100 mountainous acres and at one point
    threatened homes.
    Glendale Fire Capt. Thomas Marchant said the blaze about 10
    miles north of downtown Los Angeles was suspicious, but he would
    not elaborate.
    The blaze erupted Monday along a trail in a wilderness park
    surrounded by suburbs. It was 70 percent contained Tuesday evening.
    Marchant was optimistic because the fire had only grown by 100
    acres in six hours.
    "The small change shows us that we're hitting it at the right
    places," he said.
    Firefighters were hampered by temperatures in the 90s, low
    humidity, drought conditions and thick vegetation.
    On Monday the fire came close enough to residential areas to
    force the temporary evacuation of 33 homes. No evacuation orders
    were in effect Tuesday because several canyons stood between the
    flames and homes, Marchant said.
    Three firefighters and a police officer suffered minor injuries.
    No structures had been damaged.
    The blaze erupted in Brand Park on the south face of the
    mountains. It quickly climbed to the crest and burned down the
    north face toward neighborhoods where fire engines were posted as a
    precaution.
    Glendale, with a population of 200,000, is bisected by the
    Verdugos, a brush-covered range surrounded by portions of Burbank,
    Los Angeles and a number of smaller communities.
    About 25 miles east in the San Gabriel Mountains, a 19,375-acre
    fire in Angeles National Forest was 80 percent contained, said U.S.
    Forest Service spokeswoman Susie Wood. Full containment was
    expected Tuesday evening.
    The blaze, believed to have been started by candles used in an
    animal sacrifice ritual on Sept. 1, has destroyed 73 structures,
    including 50 recreational cabins and some Forest Service buildings.
    A total of 11 people were injured.
    The cost to fight the fire had reached $9 million.
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    Default Update on the Glendale Fire

    The Mountain Incident in Glendale ca at last I heard was 70% contained and some of the weary crews on this incident were being sent home

    A couple Type 3 Strike teams do remain on this incident
    The cause is suspicous in nature and Investigators have been able to locate the point of orgin

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    Arrow Thursday 9/12

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters made short work of a
    30-acre brushfire that briefly threatened homes near this Los
    Angeles suburb Thursday.
    The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. west of town and was
    doused within two hours, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Mike
    Brown said.
    More than 180 firefighters responded to the blaze.
    Several homes in the hilly area northeast of Los Angeles were
    threatened but there were no evacuations.
    The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
    Meanwhile, a 20,857-acre fire that started Sept. 1 in Angeles
    National Forest was contained Thursday, U.S. Forest Service
    spokesman Rich Phelps said
    Some 140 firefighters remained to mop up hot spots, he said.
    The blaze, believed to have been started by candles used in an
    animal sacrifice ritual, destroyed 73 structures, including 50
    recreational cabins. A total of 14 people were injured.
    Firefighting costs topped $12 million.

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    Well on Saturday Engine 101, Sierra Madre E41, San Gabriel E52, Alhambra E73, Monterey Park E61 and Monrovia Battalion 10 formed Strike Team 1204A and responded to that fire in Santa Clarita

    Battalion Chief Sam Digiovanna disbanded the Strike Team late that night after being released from the incident

    Th forecast for the next 60-90 days is more hot weather with the starting of the annual Santa Ana Wind season (Hot, dry winds that blow in from the desert)

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    Arrow New Fire

    ROCKLIN, Calif. (AP) - At least six structures were burned,
    including three homes, in a fast-moving brush fire east of
    Sacramento Wednesday, officials said.
    Several residents left their homes, and one school was
    evacuated, said officials with the Rocklin Fire Department. None of
    the children or school employees was injured.
    An evacuation center was set up for those who left their homes,
    officials said.
    The blaze started at about 2:50 p.m. south of Interstate 80, at
    the intersection with Sierra College Boulevard in Rocklin.
    High winds fanned the flames, said Tina Rose, a spokeswoman for
    the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Several
    air tankers fought the blaze, which was between 500 and 600 acres,
    and many farmers gathered their livestock, she said.
    There was no estimate of when the fire would be contained, Rose
    said.
    The high winds blew embers, which then sparked other fires in
    the Rocklin and Loomis area, officials said.
    The blaze had "broken into three different fires," said
    Russell Hildebrand, public information officer for the Rocklin Fire
    Department. "Two are in south Placer County, one in Rocklin, which
    is contained. The other two are still moving."
    The gusty winds were driving those fires south toward Roseville
    and the upscale enclave of Granite Bay, Hildebrand said. The head
    of the fire was in a rural area and it looked "like they're going
    to be able to contain it there," he said.
    Those winds were expected to slow during the evening, he said.
    "They're fighting some really tough conditions right now,"
    said CDF spokeswoman Karen Terrill. "It is still extremely windy
    in that area, so they're busy. That's pretty typical of this time
    of year. If you look at the history of California, our worst fires
    quite often are at end of fire season. Winds are more likely to be
    gusty."

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    Arrow Glendora, CA

    GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire erupted near rustic Angeles
    National Forest communities Sunday, threatening homes and forcing
    300 residents and 2,000 campers to flee as a plume of smoke became
    visible miles away.
    The fire jumped to 750 acres after erupting at 5 p.m. near Camp
    Williams and Camp Follows, two privately owned campgrounds with a
    mixture of 25 permanent homes, cabins, and trailers about 30 miles
    east of Los Angeles, said California Department of Forestry
    dispatcher Mark Glos.
    Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies aided in the evacuations
    from campgrounds in nearby San Gabriel Canyon.
    With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees, the fire was fanned
    by winds and pushed southwest through thick brush.
    "The smoke column was immense because of the winds," said
    Robert Brady, a spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service, said.
    Roughly 250 firefighters, six helicopters and 5 air tankers were
    fighting the fire earlier in the day. Another 400 to 600
    firefighters have been called.
    Flames licked both sides of East Fork Road and spread up Cape
    Horn and Horse Canyon heading toward Glendora Mountain Road. The
    fire burned three miles southeast of an area scorched earlier this
    month by a fire that consumed more than 16,000 acres.
    Temperatures in Southern California rose to record levels
    Sunday. Chatsworth in Los Angeles County saw 108 degrees, up from
    105 degrees in 1989. Borrego Desert Park in San Diego County also
    sweltered under 108 degree heat, one degree higher than the 1979
    record, and Simi Valley in Ventura County hit 103 degrees, three
    degrees higher than in 1989. Big Bear Lake recorded a high of 82
    degrees, one degree higher than in 1982.

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    I can see the header from this new fire from the backyard oy my house, Pretty good header
    Glendora is 4-5 miles east of Monrovia
    LA County Fire Department has Strike Teams 1104A and 1109A on this incident


    It was hot today, Very rare that a city like Chatsworth hits Triple Digits, Not surprising to have triple digit heat here in Monrovia

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    MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) - Wary residents huddled in pickup
    trucks along dirt roads traversing the Santa Cruz Mountains on
    Monday night, keeping close watch over a raging fire that was
    threatening their homes.
    The 160-acre blaze started late Monday afternoon and crackled
    quickly through tinder-dry oak, brush and grasses. Fire officials
    had no official estimate for containment Monday evening as 400
    firefighters battled the blaze, which glowed along ridges.
    Fifty homes were threatened though there were no confirmed
    reports of destroyed homes or structures, said Ruth Ferziger, a
    spokeswoman with the California Department of Forestry.
    Several structures were visibly ablaze Monday night, however, as
    dozens of residents voluntarily evacuated their homes, many hauling
    horse trailers behind them.
    John Moore owns six acres along the summit and stood atop a
    nearby ridge with his dog, Dusty, and three cats Monday night
    watching flames and thick smoke blow up the hill toward his
    property.
    "Everything I own is up here," he said.
    April and James Williams also live near the summit and said they
    did not plan to sleep that night.
    "We're definitely going to be keeping an eye on it all night,"
    April Williams said, adding that her fear grew when the drone of
    air tankers ceased overhead around sundown.
    Winds were pushing the blaze southeast Ferziger said, and smoke
    from the fire was visible in Santa Cruz.
    Conditions in rural Uvas Canyon County Park, about 50 miles
    south of San Francisco, have been extremely dry. The lushly wooded
    park comprises more than 1,200 acres on the eastern side of the
    Santa Cruz Mountains.

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    GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - A 4,300-acre wildfire raged out of
    control in the San Gabriel Mountains Monday as firefighters worked
    in blistering heat and the rugged terrain of the Angeles National
    Forest to try to surround it.
    It was the larger of two dangerous blazes in California. The
    other raced over 160 acres in a Santa Clara County park west of
    Morgan Hill. Hundreds of firefighters attacked the flames on the
    ground while 10 planes and helicopters aided from the air. That
    fire threatened dozens of homes.
    About 1,000 firefighters were on the lines of the Angeles
    National Forest fire, but it was only 12 percent contained by
    evening, said Linda Steinberg, a U.S. Forest Service fire
    information officer. It had not destroyed any homes, officials
    said, and no injuries were reported.
    Firefighters were protecting 77 cabins and Johnstone Peak, home
    to ham radio repeaters, cell phone towers and other transmission
    devices, Steinberg said.
    The blaze, in the East Fork of San Gabriel Canyon about 30 miles
    northeast of downtown Los Angeles, created a ceiling of brown smoke
    that draped Glendora and other small suburbs on the foothills of
    the mountains.
    The smoke and flames gave an orange tint to the moon as it rose
    over the San Gabriel Valley east of Los Angeles on Monday night,
    and the smoke appeared as an orange-hued curtain in downtown Los
    Angeles.
    There was no estimate for when the blaze might be surrounded,
    Steinberg said.
    "We are experiencing extreme fire conditions," she said.
    "Rugged terrain, heavy brush and we're looking at 100-plus
    temperatures."
    The cause of the fire was under investigation.
    Highway 39 into San Gabriel Canyon remained closed, along with a
    few mountain roads.
    Firefighters were being aided by eight helicopters and nine air
    tankers.
    The wildfire erupted Sunday evening near Camp Williams and Camp
    Follows, two privately owned campgrounds. Winds fanned the fire and
    at one point it threatened homes and forced 300 residents and 2,000
    campers to flee.
    "A bunch of us got in a circle and held hands and prayed,"
    said Lynn Piazza, who had to leave Camp Williams on Sunday.
    The fire burned three miles southeast of an area scorched
    earlier this month by a 16,000-acre fire.
    The National Weather Service reported a second day of record
    highs in the region including 110 degrees in the Chatsworth area of
    Los Angeles, 5 degrees above the mark set in 1978.
    The Santa Clara County fire burned in Uvas Canyon County Park, a
    lushly wooded park of more than 1,200 acres on the eastern side of
    the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 55 miles south of San Francisco.
    Heavy smoke from the fire was visible in Santa Cruz.
    About 400 firefighters were on the scene along with four
    helicopters, six air tankers and one air attack and the blaze was
    moving southeast, a California Department of Forestry spokeswoman
    said.

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    Firefighters thought they were getting a hand on it this morning when the fire jumped into a canyon of unburned fuel and took off

    4,000 acres 12% contained over 1,000 firefighters on scene battaling this fire
    Forecast tommarow Temp's in the high 90's to low 100's
    Low humidty with shifting winds
    Engine 101, Engine 52, Engine 91, Engine 61, Engine 73 and Battalion 10 formed Strike Team 1204A and were sent to this incident along with Engine 31, Engine 33, Engine 22,Engine 24, Engine 13 and Battalion 1

    The fire is burning down towards homes in Glendora, La Verne and San Dimas
    I am 5 miles east of this fire and yet there is a blanket of smoke hovering over town and tonight there is an orange glow from behind the mountains the fire can also be seen as far way as Downtown LA
    These flames are huge in height and there was fire tornadoe even

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    LA VERNE, Calif. (AP) - Seventy homes in an upscale suburb
    abutting the San Gabriel Mountains stand abandoned as a 4,300-acre
    wildfire raged out of control in the rugged terrain of the Angeles
    National Forest.
    The fire had not destroyed any homes early Tuesday, but homes in
    northwestern La Verne, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, were
    evacuated as flames moved southeasterly through the forest, fire
    officials said.
    "I've got butterflies," said San Dimas Canyon resident David
    Butterfield, who packed a few of his belongings but opted to stay
    at his house Monday while others evacuated. "They're taking this
    very seriously."
    The Red Cross set up temporary shelter at Bonita High School in
    La Verne and a pet shelter at the Inland Valley Humane Society in
    nearby Pomona.
    About 850 firefighters were on the lines of the Angeles National
    Forest fire, but it was only 12 percent contained by late Monday.
    One firefighter suffered a minor injury, authorities said.
    The fire was the larger of two dangerous blazes in California.
    The other raced over 160 acres in a Santa Clara County park west of
    Morgan Hill. Hundreds of firefighters attacked the flames on the
    ground while 10 planes and helicopters aided from the air. That
    fire threatened dozens of homes.
    Forest firefighters were protecting 77 cabins and Johnstone
    Peak, home to ham radio repeaters, cell phone towers and other
    transmission devices.
    The blaze, in the East Fork of San Gabriel Canyon, created a
    ceiling of brown smoke that draped Glendora, San Dimas, and other
    small suburbs on the foothills of the mountains. Flames were
    visible from the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The smoke and flames
    gave an orange tint to the moon as it rose over the San Gabriel
    Valley east of Los Angeles on Monday night.
    The cause of the fire was under investigation.
    Highway 39 into San Gabriel Canyon remained closed.
    The wildfire erupted Sunday evening near privately owned Camp
    Williams and Camp Follows. Winds fanned the fire and at one point
    it threatened homes and forced 300 residents and 2,000 campers to
    flee.
    The fire burned three miles southeast of an area scorched
    earlier this month by a 16,000-acre fire.
    The Santa Clara County fire burned in Uvas Canyon County Park, a
    lushly wooded park of more than 1,200 acres on the eastern side of
    the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 55 miles south of San Francisco.
    Heavy smoke from the fire was visible in Santa Cruz.
    About 400 firefighters were on the scene along with four
    helicopters, six air tankers and one air attack and the blaze was
    moving southeast, a California Department of Forestry spokeswoman
    said.

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    Originally posted by Engine 101
    These flames are huge in height and there was fire tornadoe even
    I viewed video, fed to us from an ABC affiliate. It showed the fire tornado clearly. The headfire appeared to be VERY close to residential areas...with many, many homes!

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    This is one of the nastier situations we've seen in some time. There are many residences very close to this fire - in fact it is bumping the breaks immediately behind (in the backyard) of many homes.

    We have just gotten the official word that the entire Angeles National Forest has been closed until further notice. I believe all the resources in the ANF have been pulled onto this incident. I believe there are something like 2,000 FFs on the lines and over a dozen helos and numerous fixed wing resources.

    The whole LA basin is completely filled with smoke and ash.

    Lots of additional resources are standing by on this one.

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    Well the air quailty rating for Southern California is unhealthfull today due to the amount of smoke that is blanketing the southland

    This morning State OES Engine's were deployed on Strike Team to this incident OES 228 assigned to Monrovia, OES 230 assginged to Arcadia, OES 281 assigned to Sierra Madre were sent

    Over in Claremont Ca fire officals are beginning to get ready to defend homes in those areas

    17 Helos and 9 Airplanes are battling this fire
    This fire is burning away from Monrovia
    This heatwave continues

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    LA VERNE, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in the foothills above Los
    Angeles jumped from 8,000 acres to 12,000 acres in just a few hours
    Tuesday, sending smoke pouring over the sprawling metropolitan area
    and triggering public health warnings.
    The fire, spread across 11 miles of the San Gabriel Mountains,
    has destroyed 44 cabins and homes and threatens hundreds of others.
    Flames raged unchecked as firefighters worked in rugged canyon
    terrain against erratic winds and triple-digit temperatures.
    "I can see flame right from my back yard. We got ash in the
    back yard, on the sidewalk and the pool," said Los Angeles Dodgers
    manager Jim Tracy, who lives in Claremont, 40 miles east of
    downtown. "It's not good. I've not seen anything like that."
    Some two dozen aircraft dropped water and fire retardant on the
    fire, which authorities said had the potential to grow to 20,000
    acres.
    Fear of new fires led officials to close the 650,000-acre
    Angeles National Forest, which includes the mountains, to
    recreation.
    "We certainly can't afford another fire," said Darren Drake, a
    fire spokesman. "This has got our hands full."
    Conditions were so hot and dry around the fire 40 miles
    northeast of Los Angeles that brittle chaparral and other brush
    virtually exploded in flames when hit by sparks.
    "It's whompin'," Drake said.
    The fire threatened upscale homes in La Verne, San Dimas and
    other suburbs.
    "It's very stressful. You work all your life and to see it
    threatened to this degree," said George Villegas, 37, an insurance
    salesman who took a day off work to keep watch on his $600,000
    home. His belongings were packed into his three cars and his wife
    and two sons were staying with relatives.
    Other residents described flames that towered 50 feet in the air
    and jumped between ridges.
    Voluntary evacuations were called for at least 500 homes and
    1,000 people. A mandatory evacuation was ordered for 77
    recreational cabins in San Dimas Canyon, and more than 200
    youngsters were taken out of two juvenile detention camps.
    Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire that began
    Sunday. Officials said it has spewed a roughly 2,000-foot-thick
    layer of smoke over portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San
    Bernardino counties.
    An unusually strong inversion layer capped the smoke, and there
    was no wind to disperse it.
    "If I didn't know it was smoke, I'd think it was a low fog
    layer," Lu Rarogiewicz said as he looked over the San Gabriel
    Valley from 5,700-foot-high Mount Wilson. The mountain was briefly
    enveloped in smoke Tuesday, forcing astronomers to suspend solar
    observations with the telescopes that dot the peak.
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which monitors
    pollutant levels in the region, issued a special smoke advisory
    Tuesday, urging the public to avoid unnecessary outdoor activity in
    smoky areas.
    In Northern California, a 1,600-acre fire 50 miles south of San
    Francisco had burned two outbuildings and threatened at least 50
    rural homes. Wary residents spent Monday night atop ridges and
    huddled in pickup trucks.
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