2 big wildfires in LA-area foothills burn toward each other

Los Angeles reports: "The first fire erupted around 11:15 a.m. on Highway 39 near the Morris Reservoir dam north of Azusa, according to the U.S. Forest Service".

A second fire, called the Fish fire, broke out in nearby Duarte around noon at Melcanyon and Brookridge roads. He said that if there is a wind shift, residents of Bradbury and Monrovia need to be prepared to evacuate.

The fires erupted in the Angeles National Forest. Officials had warned that conditions were ripe for a devastating fire season, with many trees vulnerable because of the drought.

A monster heat wave descended on Southern California on Sunday, bringing triple-digit temperatures across a large swath of the region and fueling a risky fire in Los Angeles' Silver Lake section. No structures are threatened at this time.

Atencio says the flames were just a couple miles from their home and were making the house hot despite air conditioning.

Firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Forest Service helped battle the blaze, dubbed the Reservoir fire, assisted by helicopters. Residents in the Mount Olive Drive area just northwest of Conata Street, including residents in the Spinks Canyon Road, Rim Road, Goldenmeadow Drive, High Mesa Drive, and Tall Pink Drive areas were also mandated to evacuate the area.

The fire has not had any impact on either patients or staff at City of Hope, the Duarte-based cancer treatment and research center, according to a statement posted on Monday on the center's Facebook page. Mandatory evacuation orders were also issued for Mountain Cove and Rainbow Ranch, while Crystal Canyon and Mirador are under voluntary evacuations. Neither fire has any containment as of Monday mid-afternoon.

Crews have established at least some kind of line all the way around the fire burning in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque. The fire is less than a mile north of the dam along the San Gabriel River.

The two fires appeared to be burning toward each other, prompting fears that they would merge.

Helicopters sucked water out of a reservoir to drop on flames while air tankers bombarded the flanks of the fire with retardant.

The Red Cross, together with the L.A. County Fire Department and the city of Duarte, had opened an evacuation center at a recreation facility in the 1600 block of Huntington Drive in Duarte.

"Temperatures in Azusa, California, are around 110 degrees this afternoon". PHOTOS: 2 fires burn above Azusa, Duarte in Angeles National Forest About 90 minutes later, the Fish Fire broke out above Duarte and quickly began to spread through the brush.

Another wildfire was growing near Potrero, a small desert town close to the Mexico border.

  • Archie Newman