News Update!!: Glendora, CA: Colby Fire: Latest information regarding Thursday’s brush fire.
** Here is the latest information regarding the brush fire burning near Glendora, California and Azusa, California. **
**** Information Dated: Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 7:00am PT. ****
**** Fire Information: ****
The brush fire erupted around 5:50am PT Thursday morning in the Angeles National Forest near Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Way.
The brush fire was reported to Glendora Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department at around 5:52am PT Thursday morning.
The brush fire is named the “Colby Fire.
The brush fire is burning near Glendora, California and Azusa, California.
The brush fire remains at 1700 acres and is at 30 percent contained.
**** Injuries and deaths: ****
Authorities are saying that at least 3 people were injuried in the brush fire including 2 firefighters.
A civilian suffered minor burn injuries.
A firefighter suffered minor burn injuries and another firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury.
Both people were taken to area hospitals for treatment and the firefighter who was burned is being transported to a hospital.
No reports of deaths in this brush fire.
**** Evacuations Orders and Notices: ****
Glendora, California residents were allowed back in their homes at 6:00pm PT Thursday night.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for all homes north of Sierra Madre Avenue, west of Glendora Mountain Road and east of Highway 39.
A total of 3,700 people were evacuated on Thursday from the path of this brush fire.
**** Evacuation Centers: ****
As the threat of the brush fire decreases, evacuation centers will start closing up.
The American Red Cross is reportedly setting up an evacuation center at Glendora High School located at 1600 East Foothill Boulevard in Glendora, California.
Evacuated pets can be brought to the Pasadena Humane Society at 361 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, California and a shelter for evacuated horses has been set up at the Fairplex at Gate 12 located at 1101 West McKinley Avenue in Pomona, California.
**** Damages: ****
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the brush fire has destroyed at least 5 homes and damaged 17 buildings.
A guest house on the historic Singer Mansion which is reportedly a 1920’s Spanish estate home built by heirs to the Singer sewing machine fortune on Kregmont Drive in Glendora, California.
At least 80 homes are reportedly without power and people in the area are warned to be on alert and careful for down power poles or utility lines.
**** Closures: ****
Glendora Unified School District has schools reopen today.
Citrus College reportedly resume classes today
All streets north of Sierra Madre Avenue from Glendora Mountain Road to Yucca Ridge are closed.
Highway 39 and Glendora Mountain Road is closed.
Interstate 210 remains open, but traffic was slow on the Intetstate 210 because the brush fire was visible to drivers.
Azusa Police Department have closed Garcia Trail.
**** Information Regarding Cause Of Fire: ****
Glendora Police Department have confirmed that at 3 people have been arrested and have been booked for recklessly starting a fire.
According to the Glendora Police Department, the 3 people arrested have been identified as 22 year old Clifford Eugene Henry, Jr. of Glendora, California; 23 year old Jonathan Carl Jarrell of Irwindale, California; and 21 year old Steven Robert Aguirre who is reportedly a homeless man of the Los Angeles, California area.
A caller reported at around 6:00am PT Thursday morning 2 suspicious people running away from the mountains and a third man was taken off the mountain by the United States Forest Service.
A Glendora Police Department Officer detain them after seeing them running and covered in dirt along a river bed.
Authorities are saying that the 3 people were reportedly hanging around a campfire, in a steep wooded terrain growing, rip papers into the campfire.
All 3 people were being held on $20,000 bail each, but due to the seriousness of the crime, as well as the high cost of damaged property and resources to fight the fire, their bail is now set at $500,000 each.
**** First Responder Information: ****
The Los Angeles County’s Office of Emergency Management has been activated due to this brush fire.
More then 1100 fire department firefighters as well as 9 helicopters and 2 Super Scoopers from Canada are battling this brush fire.
First responders from Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Glendora Police Department, and Azusa Police Department are just a few of the many first responders battling this brush fire.
Fire department crews are standing their ground along Highway 39 making sure the brush fire do not jump or pass Highway 39 protecting communities to the west of Highway 39.
Fire department crews hope that winds do not get strong or gusty to cause the brush fire to start up again.
The City of Glendora, California has been declared a State of Emergency to try to get federal funds to help evacuated residents.
**** Weather and Air Quality: ****
A Red Flag Warning was supposed to expire Wednesday night, but the National Weather Service extended it until 3:00pm PT on Friday due to persistent winds and low humidity levels.
The Red Flag Warning applies to the San Gabriel Mountain, Santa Monica Mountain, Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles coastal area, and the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County in California.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory for parts of Los Angeles County, California urging people to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.
The brush fire can been seen from all as far as Downtown Los Angeles, California, Long Beach, California, and Orange County, California.
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