Updated: Brush Fire in Angeles National Forest 70 Percent Contained

Full containment is expected Friday.

An Azusa resident watches the Madre Fire from his roof. Credit: Hazel Lodevico-To'o
An Azusa resident watches the Madre Fire from his roof. Credit: Hazel Lodevico-To'o
By City News Service

A fire that began north of Azusa late Monday and burned into the Angeles National Forest, scorching about 250 acres, was about 70 percent contained this evening, thanks to water drops, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters worked through the day to make progress hemming in the fire, because the wind was forecast to pick up about 5 p.m., Nathan Judy of the Forest Service said.

"We're looking really good," he said. About 10 aircraft, including Super Scoopers, a DC10 and helicopters, made drops on the wildfire this afternoon.

Full containment is expected by Friday morning, Judy said.

The burn area remained around 250 acres. About 450 firefighters were assigned to the blaze.

Updated 2:24 p.m.

A fire that began north of Azusa late Monday and burned into the Angeles National Forest, scorching about 250 acres, was 30 percent contained as of midday today, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

Crews hoped to gain more ground through the afternoon, mindful that winds were forecast to pick up around 5 p.m.


A fire that began north of Azusa and spread into the Angeles National Forest was 5 percent contained this morning after prompting the evacuation of three homes, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

The fire broke out at 5:56 p.m. Monday, drawing a response that featured water-dropping SuperScoopers and helicopters and the deployment of Los Angeles County firefighters on the ground.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, the fire had grown to about 200 acres and caused the evacuation of three homes, said Nathan Judy of the U.S. Forest Service, which took over firefighting duties from L.A. County Fire.

One helicopter and about 150 firefighters were on scene this morning. The fire was mostly burning in Fish Canyon near Van Tassel Ridge, said Angel Lavell of the Angeles National Forest.

Street closures in the Duarte area included Huntington Drive at Encanto Parkway. All residential streets that intersect with Encanto Parkway north of Huntington Drive into Fish Canyon were also closed. Encanto Park was closed and being used as a staging area for water-dropping helicopters.

Ellen Zunino September 24, 2013 at 01:46 AM
This is the fire that will give nightmares to those of us who lived through the 1980 fire. It started in just about the same place, has burned west up the same hill. At least no Santa Anas are predicted for tonight. A person only wants to go through a fire like the 1980 fire once in their lives. It's really great that LA County fire is making drops after dark now. What's even better is the cooperation between LACo Fire and the Forest Service.
rubberband September 24, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Hope it gets put out quickly...Hope my friends are O.K. that live up there......looked awful from my vantage point. Wish it'd rain.
Marcielle Brandler September 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM
CBS News said it was 200 acres by this morning 7am, Sept 24,13.
Marcielle Brandler September 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM
I saw the actual huge flames in the early evening as I drove home from Walnut. I could see that it was near the 210, which I avoided and took surface streets home to Sierra Madre.
Ellen Zunino September 24, 2013 at 02:09 PM
The LACo Air Force has pounded the begeesus out of the thing this morning. At first light there were plumes of smoke rolling into the sky. (Not to mention the smoke that lay down last night that we were breathing.) Now, 4.5 hrs later there are just some white whisps, the sun is a nice yellow color again and the air is breatheable. Were they using the Monrovia Helispot? A county copter (it was still kind of darkish so there could have been more than one of them) was going back and forth with short turn-over times. The Super Scoopers put in 2 hours, took a break and returned to the battle a few minutes ago. It's definitely a lot quieter now than it was at 7a.m. No group fights fires as well as LACo and their mutual aid partners - including our own MFD!
Liz September 24, 2013 at 04:19 PM
if they are making quick runs to drop water they are getting the water from the santa fe dam . That is probably their relief area as has been in the past. Stay safe everyone, especially our fire fighters out there and thankfully the heat is not as high as it was last month.
Ellen Zunino September 24, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Whoa! The DC-10 is impressive. If it flies and it's assigned to this fire, it's flying over our house. For online information, here are some links. Smaller fires aren't updated as often (or as much as) as larger fires. https://twitter.com/LACoFDPIO http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3737/ The inciweb perimeter map is satellite-generated.
Ellen Zunino September 25, 2013 at 01:03 AM
After this morning's air assault, it was eerily quiet over in the direction of the fire this afternoon. Evening approached and there was no parade of aircraft heading home. I was wondering if they'd been reassigned to the fire in Cajon Pass. I'm praying that the winds predicted for some inland and mountain areas tonight and tomorrow don't decide to blow through our area. I wish I could give a big "Thank You! hug to each and every firefighter, pilot, maintenance and support person, etc. involved in this fire.
rubberband September 25, 2013 at 01:36 AM
The accuracy of the water drops reminds me of "The Madison Incident" and watching right up my street.....the pin point water drops blow me away. That's some flyin'!


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