Ranch 2 Fire Updates: What We Know So Far About The Wildfire Burning Near Azusa
A brush fire near Asuza Thursday afternoon spread to more than 2,500 acres overnight, prompting evacuations.
The blaze, now dubbed the Ranch 2 Fire, was reported at 2:45 p.m. in the Azusa Canyon area near North San Gabriel Canyon Road and North Ranch Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It was threatening homes, but was later reported burning away from the foothill cities and into Angeles National Forest.
Residents of Mountain Cove were asked to evacuate, but that order was lifted late Thursday night, Azusa police announced.
Effective 11pm, evacuations have been lifted & Mountain Cove residents will be allowed to return to their homes. Emergency vehicles will be on-site for the next 72 hours to monitor the fire. The fire has burned 3k acres & 0% contained. Hwy. 39 will remain closed. — Azusa Police (@AzusaPD) August 14, 2020
Firefighters "are prioritizing the security of the perimeter along Mount Cove community and Highway 39," officials said, adding that they're bracing for increased fire activity due to high temperatures and dry conditions today. An extreme heat advisory is in effect and temperatures could reach 108 degrees.
There have not been any injuries reported or damages to structures yet, according to the fire officials.
Here's what else we know about the Ranch Fire and firefighters' efforts to contain it.
- Acreage: 2,500 acres
- Containment: 0%
- Resources deployed: 100 firefighters
EVACUATION SHELTER (evacuations were lifted late Thursday night)
- Azusa Pacific University | 701 E. Foothill Blvd.
- State Route 39 (northbound) at Sierra Madre Avenue
- State Route 39 (southbound) at East Fork Road
HOW WE’RE REPORTING ON THIS
News producer Itxy Quintanilla is reaching out to fire officials. LAist's Ryan Fonseca is anchoring digital coverage. This is a developing story. In all cases, we strive to bring you the most accurate information in real time and will update this story as new information becomes available.
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