This is insane Colby Fire in Glendora moving quickly westward

January 16, 2014 at 10:44 am in Crime, Fires, News, San Gabriel Valley, Weather

As I write this the Colby Fire has grown to well over 125 acres.  Friends in Azusa are under mandatory evacuation orders.  A friend just tweeted that 2 folks were in custody for this ARSON  fire.  ABC7 Tweeted just now its 3.

WTF..as if we don’t have enough to worry about these assholians are out there starting fires putting so many at risk.

If you haven’t signed onto Nixle for alerts you need to.  Its a great way to stay abreast of what is going on in an emergency, this case my phone is lighting up with news regarding the fire and the evacuation areas.

Lastest new reports that the fire is moving quickly, drifting to the north and west.  The evacuation orders are moving slowly westward, now across the San Gabriel River into the Moutain Cove area in Azusa Canyon that had a fire a few months back.

UPDATE 11:01AM

This from the Monrovia Fire Department:

The City of Monrovia Fire Department has sent 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 Azusa 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.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red flag warnings in effect through 3pm Friday for Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley due to gusty Santa Ana winds and very low humidity.

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.

It appears that smoke is lessening here in the SGV.  I hope that is a good sign.

UPDATE11:22AM

A press conference with Glendora Police Chief Staab indicates that the 3 men, all early 20’s were arrested and being held on 20K bail each for “recklessly starting a fire”.  The Police Chief indicates that they had been in the forest at a makeshift campsight, had been tossing paper into a camp fire when a breeze came up and blew it into the brush.

Glendora Fire Chief says their main concern is to keep the fire from blowing into Duarte and Bradbury.

Update 2:25PM

This in from L.A. Sheriff who have sent this press release via email and nixel to me.

LOS ANGELES (Thu., Jan. 16, 2014 – 1 p.m. PST) — At 5:52 a.m. PST a brush fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest. The fire moved into the Los Angeles County area of Glendora. The Colby Fire has burned approximately 1,700 acres and 0 percent containment at this time. The Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) is now activated to Level 3. The following is information about mandatory evacuations, school closures, shelter locations, and road closures:

SHELTERS (OPEN)

• American Legion (159 N. Cullen Ave., Glendora, CA 91741)

• Glendora High School (1600 E. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741) – American Red Cross

• Duarte Community Center (1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010) – City of Duarte

ANIMAL SHELTERS

• Memorial Park (320 N. Orange Ave., Azusa, CA 91702)

• Pasadena Humane Society ASPCA (361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107)

• Inland Valley Humane Society (500 Humane Way, Pomona, CA 91766)

EVACUATIONS (Mandatory issued by Sheriff’s Department)

• North of Sierra Blvd. between West of Glendora Mountain Rd. and East of Highway 39

ROAD CLOSURES (“Hard” – Only first responder vehicles are allowed in the areas)

• North of Sierra Madre Blvd. between Lorraine and Highway 39

SCHOOL CLOSURES for 1-16-14 (Glendora Unified School District)

• Cullen Elementary School
440 N. Live Oak Ave., Glendora, CA 91741

SCHOOL CLOSURES for 1-16-14 (Glendora Unified School District) – Continue

• La Feta Elementary School
547 W. Bennett Ave., Glendora, CA 91741

• Sellers Elementary School
500 N. Lorraine Ave., Glendora, CA 91741

• Goddard Middle School
859 E. Sierra Madre Ave., Glendora, CA 91741

• Sanburg Middle School
819 W. Bennett Ave., Glendora, CA 91741

PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE IN REGARDS TO WILD ANIMALS

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind residents to be aware of wild animals that may be driven from their habitat due to the Colby Fire. These wild animals may be heading towards fire impacted communities.

Los Angeles County residents and businesses, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information, and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed at http://211la.org. To register for the Specific Needs Awareness Planning program please go to https://snap.lacounty.gov. For additional disaster/emergency preparedness information, please access http://lacoa.org and/or http://espfocus.org

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South Coast AQMD has issued a smoke advisory for LA County:

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has put out an unhealthful air quality forecast for LA County.

From the AQMD: “​Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Do not use a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.”

   An earlier Nixle alert to the duarte residents North of Royal Oaks and Bradbury was issued ealier with instructions what to do in the event the fire jumps the 39 and San Gabriel River into Fish Canyon.
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