Los Angeles News
Williams Fire Grows To 3,600 Acres
By Ryan J. Beard
Sep 5, 2012 - 8:54:38 PM
ANGELES—Fire season has officially erupted in Los
Angeles as the Williams fire scorches
the Angeles National
Forest. The fire started Sunday
afternoon fifteen miles north of Glendora and is
burning through mixed conifer and chaparral. The fire has burnt 3,600 acres
since it started and is now 15 percent contained, said the U.S. Forest Service.
The National Forest Service expects the fire to be contained by next Thursday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
800 firefighters from numerous fire departments and agencies are fighting the
fire with aid from helicopters and air tankers. However, they are struggling to
contain the blaze in the steep terrain and soaring temperatures over 95
degrees. Thus far, no structures have succumbed to the blaze, though there are
structures being threatened, says the National Forest Service. Popular public
areas that traditionally draw large crowds for labor day weekend, and are used
for hiking, picnics, and camping, were evacuated. Evacuations and road closures
for those living in the area are in effect, and the Red Cross has opened a
shelter at Glendora High
School, located at 1600
East Foothill Boulevard.
to the Los Angeles Fire Department, a hiker stranded near the fire was
airlifted to safety.
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