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UPDATED: Brush Fire Above Glendora 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.

If you have photos of the fire from your viewpoint, upload them to Patch and share with the community.

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

Ellen Zunino September 03, 2012 at 08:00 PM
You could hear the muted sounds of aircraft here in the northeast part of town yesterday. It all depends on how the sounds are bouncing around in the hills. The sound of the DC 10 is really recognizable. I was really surprised that, considering its expense, it had been put to use so early in a fire and used in a fire up-canyon. They seemed to have pulled out all the stops in terms of using aircraft yesterday afternoon. You can't jam every aircraft that's available into a small-perimeter fire. But now that you mention it, after being noisy all morning, it's eerily quiet right now.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 04, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Thanks for posting these. When I walked out of a restaurant at Chino Hills Parkway on Saturday, it looked like the images you see from the old mushroom cloud nuke photos. I presume the quickest burning vegetation was going up, because it did seem somewhat supressed tonight (Monday). I saw smoke plume all the way to about Upland on the way to Rancho about 6 or 7 p.m. Sunday, but coming back today, I didn't see much smoke til I got closer to Glendora. Thanks to our firecrews for all they are doing, and let's hope this doesn't give us more bear trouble down the road as their habitat burns.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 04, 2012 at 05:32 AM
R. Terry, I was at Costco just before close last night (the one on Foothill in Azusa). Fire trucks were zooming up from that angle from several directions. Wonder how many cities are contributing to put the thing out.
Oakstrails September 06, 2012 at 06:52 PM
My oldest son is working this fire. His first forest fire haven't heard from him since it started. Just heard when he gets breaks he sleeps on asphalt roads and eating turkey sandwiches.
Gayle M. Montgomery September 06, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@Oakstrails, when your son finally comes up for air, when he gets a well deserved break, please give him my thanks and a big hug. It's obvious you've done a fine job as a parent, and your son is a hero. Thank him profusely. It is no easy job.

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