Sunday, April 27, 2008

CA-SMD Santa Anita Fire - 400 acres - 30% contained

INCIDENT UPDATED: The Santa Anita Fire is currently 400 acres and 30% contained.
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Santa Anita Wildland Fire

Summary

The Santa Anita Fire is currently 400 acres and 30% contained. The Angles National Forest Fire Information Center can be reached at 626-821-6700. The City of Sierra Madre Public Information Line is 626-355-7135. Approximately 1,000 people have been evacuated from Oak Crest Drive across Carter Avenue to East Mira Monte Avenue, continuing down Mountain Trail Avenue, across Grandview Avenue to Santa Anita Avenue. The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Hart Park House, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The number for the American Red Cross is 626-799-0841 x270.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildland Fire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin 04/26/2008 at 1500 hrs.
Location City of Sierra Madre and Angeles National Forest (Los Angeles County)
Incident Commander Dave Fiorella

Current Situation

Total Personnel 900
Size 400 acres
Percent Contained 30%
Fuels Involved

Brush, chapparal and light timber.

Fire Behavior

Slow to moderate rate of spread. Fire is terrain-driven, burning uphill into the Angeles National Forest (San Gabriel Mtns).

Significant Events

Significant progress has been made protecting homes on the southern end of the fire. There is still considerable work to be done constructing fireline to reach full containment.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Not available

Terrain Difficulty

Very steep terrain with loose rock.

Remarks

Not available

Weather

Current Wind Conditions 2-5 mph SW
Current Temperature 94 degrees
Current Humidity 20 %

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