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Brush Fire in Azusa and Sierra Madre Prompt Evacuations

photos by Andrew Bettridge


Azusa/Sierra Madre

A brush fire erupted Monday night above Azusa.

A Los Angeles County fire pilot initially saw smoke in the hills in the San Gabriel Canyon area off of N. San Gabriel Canyon Road and W. Sierra Madre Avenue shortly before 6 p.m.

The blaze, dubbed the Madre Fire, was moving toward the Angeles National Forest as it quickly grew to 50 acres. It was 5 percent contained as of 11 p.m.

A mandatory evacuation was in place for three homes, while 25 houses on Foxtail Court were under voluntary evacuation orders.

Azusa Canyon/Highway 39, north of Foothill Boulevard, was closed due to the blaze.

In the Duarte area, Huntington Drive at Encanto Parkway was closed.

The residential streets that intersect with Encanto, north of Huntington Drive into Fish Canyon, were also closed.

Encanto was shut down and being used as a staging area for water-dropping helicopters, which were on the scene, along with two Super Scoopers, to assist in the firefight.

The U.S. Forest Service, L.A. County Fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Azusa Police Department were all involved in the incident.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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