Evacuation orders have been lifted for most neighborhoods in my area, with only 2 streets still under them. According to the city web, which has done a bang up job of keep us updated, the command for the fire will shift back to the Emergency Operations Center at City Hall this morning.
Where I sit right now there is no visible flames or smoke, with luck the hot spots will be done with and containment will happen sooner.
A fire broke out this morning on Avacado Place in Monrovia near the “M” that is visibile from the 210 Freeway. It was started by a gardener accidentally. (Contrary to popular rumor it was not a 420 celebration).
Snarks aside this is a serious matter being made worse by lookie loos. As of 4PM it was over 90 acres and a 3 alarm fire. The lookie loos are so bad and thick it is getting hard for the fire fighters and law enforcement to get up to the fire. Please stay away from the fire zone and use the parking lots at Santa Anita Mall, strip malls along Foothill and Huntington in Monrovia if you have to come see the smoke and flames. Thats a good vantage point to watch and not interefere with evacuees leaving or those of us in the affected area from getting in and out of our homes.
As I blogged a while back during another brush fire, the hills above Monrovia and Duarte haven’t burned since the early 60’s and that is nearly 50+years of fuel to feed a fire.