Videos: Car Crash Reportedly Sparks Wildfire In Angeles National Forest [Updated]
A car crash ignited a brush fire that is currently burning in Azusa by Highway 39 near the Morris Reservoir dam, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. According to NBC 4 the fire has spread to 200 acres.
ABC 7 has an image of the car that is allegedly involved in the crash:
No injuries have been reported thus far. According to NBC 4 the Azusa fire started around 11:15 a.m. KPCC reports that authorities say the fire is located in a rocky terrain where there's not much fuel at the perimeters, so the blaze isn't expected to burn more than it already has.
The images we've seen on social media, however, seem pretty intense:
A second fire later broke out four miles away near Duarte, reports NBC 4. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune this second fire started at around 12:21 p.m.
According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, no closures or evacuations are expected for the second fire:
Here's a video of firefighters battling the Duarte fire:
Updated, 3:45 p.m.:
The fires have intensified, and evacuations are now in effect, KTLA reports.
The fire burning in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, dubbed the "Reservoir Fire," has spread an additional 1,000 acres since our last report. San Gabriel Canyon, a popular area for recreation, has been evacuated. Mandatory evacuation orders were also issued for Mountain Cove and Rainbow Ranch, while Crystal Canyon and Mirador are under voluntary evacuations.
Now, authorities are worried that winds and the record-breaking temperatures would "cause the two wildfires to merge into one large fire." LAFD spokesman Joey Napoli told theL.A. Times that the only thing separating the fires is a canyon.
For what's now being called the "Fish fire" in Duarte, the Times writes that evacuation orders have been issued for homes near Encanto Parkway and Brookridge Road. An evacuation center has been set up at Duarte City Hall, and a cooling center is open at the Duarte Senior Center nearby.
Additionally, according to City News Service, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory because of the intensity of the smoke, which could reach unhealthy levels in areas close to the fires.
Updated, 5:52 p.m.:
After spreading at a rate of 100 acres per hour throughout the afternoon, the Reservoir Fire has now burned 1,500 acres and is 0% contained, Fire Chief Daryl Osby tells City News Service. L.A. County Fire says that the neighboring Fish Fire has also continued to rage beyond initial expectations, and has burned 2000 acres so far It's at about 0% containment as of 5:00 p.m.
Here's a map that illustrates how close the two fires are to one another: