Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CA-SMD-Santa Anita Fire - 538 acres - 57%

Santa Anita Wildland Fire

Santa Anita Fire - Tanker 48
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Summary

As of Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 6:00 a.m. PST, the Santa Anita Fire has burned 538 acres north of Sierra Madre, CA. Approximately 234 acres are on National Forest System land within the Angeles National Forest, and 304 acres are within the corporate boundary of the City of Sierra Madre (see fire progression map posted to this site).

The fire is currently 57% contained, with most of the containment in the area surrounding Sierra Madre residences and along the eastern edge of the burned area .

Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2008.

Fire information is available 24 hours/day by calling the Angeles National Forest Fire Information Center at 626-821-6700. The City of Sierra Madre Public Information can be reached at 626-355-7135.

Evacuation Update (7:45 a.m. April 29, 2008):

On Monday, April 28, 2008, mandatory evacuations in Sierra Madre were lifted for residents living in the area east of Baldwin Avenue.

The western boundary of the current evacuation zone is Michillinda Avenue at the boundary between Sierra Madre and Pasadena. The southern boundary from west to east, is Fairview Avenue to Grove, north along Grove to Carter Avenue, east along Carter Avenue to Baldwin Avenue. Approximately 150 homes and 400 people remain evacuated.

The evacuation order will be reviewed today.

Residents of evacuated areas who need to go to their homes to retrieve medications, etc. should contact the officer in charge in their neighborhood, who will then provide an escort to their homes.

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.

Closure Update (7:45 a.m. April 29, 2008):

Sierra Madre public schools (both campuses) are open.

All other schools in Sierra Madre, including the Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, remain closed.

Santa Anita Canyon Road (Chantry Flat Road), which accesses the Angeles National Forest, is closed.

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 1,055
Size 538 acres
Percent Contained 57%
Estimated Containment Date 05/02/2009 at hrs.
Fuels Involved

Brush, chaparral and light timber.

Fire Behavior

Smoldering and backing fire.

Significant Events

Evacuations have been lifted for homes east of Baldwin Avenue.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Today crews will continue direct line construction, mop up, and structure protection.

Projected Movement

Cooler temperatures are predicted, which will assist in containing the fire.

Growth Potential

High

Terrain Difficulty

Extreme. Very steep terrain.

Remarks

Not available

Weather

Current Wind Conditions 3-7 mph SW
Current Temperature 60 degrees
Current Humidity 27 %

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