It started around 6PM yesterday evening. CA highway 39 is closed at Madre to traffic. I have friends that live in the canyon in the area where some homes were evacuated. Where I sit right now its smokey and ashy.
Do stay away from the area close to the fire and keep it free or firefighters and police to move people in and out as needed unimpeded. If you really want a good view of the ‘copters and superscoopers going in and out of Azusa Canyon the Lario Bike trail off of Foothill Blvd in Irwindale/Azusa is the best spot. Good clear view of the fire zone as well as the airborne fire fighting equipment. The Lario Bike trail is between Mt Olive Drive in Duarte and Irwindale Ave in Azusa. The parking lot entrance is just east of the San Gabriel River Bridge. MAP HERE.\
Pics by me with my phone from my front porch yesterday evening and again at dawn. Click to embiggen
I’m not sure how this will affect the Lario Trail Parking area but this just in from LA County Sheriff via Nixle.
Temple City Sheriff’s Station reports street closures in the Duarte area due the fire burning north of Fish Canyon. Huntington Drive is closed at Encanto Parkway. All residential streets that intersect with Encanto Parkway north of Huntington Drive into Fish Canyon have also been closed. Encanto Park has been closed and is being used as a staging area for water dropping helicopters. At this time there is no threat to the cities of Duarte or Bradbury. Approximately 50 acres have been burned in the mountain area. There are no evacuations anticipated at this time. There has been no information regarding any structures being threatened. The percentage of the fire containment is unknown at this time
Via Monrovia PD-Fire Nixle alert:
The Madre Fire in Azusa is 250 acres and 30% contained with 450 personnel assigned, including 6 aircraft. There is no threat to Monrovia.
For full details, view this message on the web.