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East Fire Now 93% Contained In Angeles Forest

Fire activity is indicated by lighter spots on a dark satellite view.
An infrared image shows the burn pattern of the East Fire.
(Courtesy Angeles Forest)

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Firefighters have made significant progress on a fire burning in the Angeles National Forest since Thursday afternoon. By Sunday evening, the East Fire was 93% contained and had not grown larger than the 150 acres reported Friday morning.

"An afternoon aerial reconnaissance flight shows firefighters making great progress in difficult terrain and hot dry weather," Angeles Forest officials tweeted late Friday. "The cause of the fire remains under investigation."

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Plumes of smoke had been visible from major freeways during the Tfirst hours of the fire on Thursday but by the next day authorities said "very little smoke is coming from the fire."

The area burning is in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument section of the forest.

There are no evacuations or structures threatened. The fire is burning towards a wilderness area at this time.

Background

The fire was first reported at 1:39 p.m. Thursday, originating at East Fork Road and Shoemaker Road at San Gabriel Canyon.

  • 159 firefighters from the Angeles National Forest were working on the fire as of late Sunday, down from 270 the day before.

Closures

County road closures in the area:

  • Glendora Mountain Road from Glendora, CA to the East Fork
  • Glendora Ridge Road from Mt. Baldy to Glendora Mountain Road
  • East Fork Road from Highway 39 to Glendora Mountain Road
  • The San Gabriel OHV Area will be closed this weekend due to fire operations nearby

Here's an earlier view of the fire.

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The Context

California’s wildfires have gotten increasingly destructive and deadly. Some important context to keep in mind from our larger explainer on wildfires:

Temperatures have gotten hotter and our landscapes have gotten drier, which makes them more susceptible to burning throughout more of the year. On top of that, extreme drought, of which climate change is a contributing factor, leads to plant stress and massive tree die off. Those dead trees become added fuel for fires.

Read more: LA Explained: Wildfires Are Getting Worse. What You Need To Know

How We're Reporting On This

Reporter Julia Paskinhas been monitoring the fire.

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