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.