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Fire in San Gabriel Mountains Burns 3,600 Acres

The Williams Fire is about 5 percent contained and continues to move north, according to officials.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: The Williams Fire continues to burn in the San Gabriel Canyon, prompting officials to close all of the San Gabriel Canyon for Labor Day.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Numerous resources are being utilized to fight the Williams Fire, according to information provided by Inciweb:

  • Eight air tankers, with a combination of state, local and federal resources.
  • Five helicopters.
  • 20 engines.
  • One bulldozer.
  • 12 handcrews.

No structures are threatened at this time. Officials ordered the evacuation of the entire San Gabriel Canyon, including recreational areas along Highway 39, Crystal lake, East and West Fork, Off-Highway Vehicle Areas, Oaks Picnic Area and Camp Williams.

The origin of the fire is reportedly between Camp Williams and a shooting range on East Fork Road, about 3 and a half miles east of Highway 39.

Aircraft have stopped for the night and will begin Monday morning, according to scanner reports.

UPDATE, 6:53 p.m.: The fire is over 1,000 acres with no containment, according to ABC 7 News.

The fire is believed to have started at Camp Williams around 2:15 p.m. There has been no word on injuries. The trailer community and a rehabilitation center were evacuated, according to City News Service.

UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: City News Service reports that more than 200 firefighters are fighting the fire on the ground along with seven aircraft, with more air units on the way. The blaze is moving through the Sheep Mountain Wilderness, authorities said. But no evacuations have been ordered for the city of Glendora, according to Glendora Police, adding that the blaze is moving in a northeast direction.

UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: The acreage of the fire is reportedly at 700 acres and growing, according to Los Angeles County Fire scanner reports. Camp Williams was being evacuated as a precaution, officials said.

PREVIOUSLY: A small fire has broken out in the mountain areas north of Glendora and San Dimas.

The half-acre fire was reported sometime after 2 p.m. near mile marker 2 near East Fork Road. The cause of the fire has not been revealed. Power lines in the mountain areas have already been affected, according to scanner reports.

According to a deputy at the scene, one line has fallen down, and another was seen on fire. A helitanker was being prepared to aid in the fire fight, according to scanner reports.

Authorities are working to evacuate patrons at the San Gabriel River and are shutting down Highway 39 at East Fork Road.

Officials have requested Glendora Police to shut down a portion of Glendora Mountain Road northbound.

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This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.


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