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Monrovia Fire Department Aids in Fighting Colby Blaze; Hotels Offer Lodging

Sunrise from Monrovia, as fire burns homes and hills in Glendora. Photo Credit: Karen Suarez
Sunrise from Monrovia, as fire burns homes and hills in Glendora. Photo Credit: Karen Suarez

The city of Monrovia posted information about its fire department's involvement in fighting the Colby Fire in Glendora, evacuation information, and discount lodging at hotels and motels in town.

See the following information for what is happening with the fire:

The City of Monrovia Fire Department is sending two Fire Engines as part of the strike team response for mutual aid in the Colby Fire in Glendora which started early this morning.  Mandatory evacuations have been called for neighborhoods in Glendora and Glendora Unified Schools have been closed.  Residents traveling east along the foothill corridor are encouraged to use caution and watch for detours and traffic. 

To stay updated on activity in and around your neighborhood, Monrovia residents are encouraged to sign up for Nixle emergency notification text alerts.  Just text 91016 to 888777- standard text messaging rates apply- or log on to www.nixle.com.

Evacuations

The Colby Fire has burned over 1,700 acres and is moving in a westerly direction.  There is currently over 750 law enforcement and fire personnel deployed to ensure safety.  In the event that the fire spreads west of Highway 39, some Duarte residents, as well as all of Bradbury residents will be subject to mandatory evacuations.  When/If the mandatory evacuation order is issued, residents in the following areas MUST evacuate:

  • All residents of Bradbury
  • Duarte residents east of Mountain Avenue, north of Royal Oaks Dr, and west of Encanto Parkway

The primary evacuation center for Bradbury and Duarte residents is the Duarte Community Center at 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA.  At this time, horses may be evacuated to the Pomona Fairplex.

Monrovia hotels are providing discounts to those who are displaced overnight:

  • Doubletree Monrovia, 924 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA
    • $99 room rates to evacuees and will waive the pet fee for pets under 35lbs.

    • $79 room rates to firefighters and those who are assisting the firefighting efforts.

    • To reserve call: (626)357-1900

  • Courtyard by Marriott Monrovia, 700 W Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA
    • $99 room rates to evacuees

    • $120 (which includes breakfast) to firefighters and those who are assisting the firefighting efforts.

    • To reserve call: (626)357-5211

It is important to note that these discounts are only available by calling the hotels’ front desk. The discount is not available on online reservations.



Ellen Zunino January 17, 2014 at 01:23 AM
Gee, I like the "in case the fire spreads west of Hwy 39" evacuation area. It kind of leaves those of us along the eastern border of Monrovia all by our lonesomes with no eastern or southern neighbors. Whoever developed this plan must be channeling the November, 1980, fire. It's the only fire I can still see, hear and smell without closing my eyes and trying to remember it. It's the fire none of us will ever be able to forget.
Liz January 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Wow, I let the pups out this morning and this was the first time I could smell the smoke so quickly. It was so thick I quickly checked the roof of my home and the surrounding neighbors. I suppose the wind finally carried it west.

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