Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CA-SMD-Santa Anita Fire - 584 acres 93% contained

Santa Anita Wildland Fire
Update: 0700 5-1-08 - News and Notes - Santa Anita Fire (CA-SMD-08-22735) fire has burned 584 acres and is 93 % percent contained . Unified Command with USFS (Fiorella) and Sierra Madre (Heydorf) continues. The fire will be transitioning back to the local district on Friday, May 2nd at 0800. Remaining resources continue to improve line, mop-up, and provide structure protection. With cooler temperatures predicted and good progress made by crews, it is anticipated that containment will be achieved on May 2nd at 1800 hours. Acreage apportionment: USFS=248 acres and Sierra Madre=346 acres.

As containment is achieved and with the cooler weather cooperating heavy demoblization will occur today and tomorrow on the fire.
With cooler temperatures and good progress by fire crews, it is anticipated that the fire will be contained by May 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
All of the evacuated areas, with the exception of Chantry Flats in the Angeles National Forest have been reopened.

Santa Anita Fire progression map

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Summary

As of Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 6:00 p.m. PST, the Santa Anita Fire has burned 584 acres north of Sierra Madre, CA. Approximately 238 acres are on National Forest System land within the Angeles National Forest, and 346 acres are within the corporate boundary of the City of Sierra Madre (see fire progression map posted to this site).

The fire is currently 93% contained.

The Angeles National Forest Fire Information Center will close tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Beginning Thursday, May 1, 2008, fire information will be available during regular business hours, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., by calling 626-574-5208.

The City of Sierra Madre Public Information can be reached at 626-355-7135.

Evacuation Update (6:00 a.m. April 30, 2008):

All evacuated areas, including the Chantry Flat area, have been re-opened without restrictions.

Closure Update (7:00 a.m. April 30, 2008):

Sierra Madre public schools (both campuses) are open.

Most other schools in Sierra Madre are also open. Please contact private schools directly to confirm the status of individual school closures.

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

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 419
Size 584 acres
Percent Contained 93%
Estimated Containment Date 05/02/2008 at 1800 hrs.
Fuels Involved

Brush, chaparral and light timber.

Fire Behavior

Interior smoldering.

Significant Events

All evacuated areas including Chantry Flat have been reopened without restrictions.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews will continue to improve fireline, mop up, and provide structure protection.

Projected Movement

With cooler temperatures and good progress by fire crews, it is anticipated that the fire will be contained by May 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

Growth Potential

Low

Terrain Difficulty

Extreme

Remarks

Not available

Weather

Current Wind Conditions 2-6 mph SW
Current Temperature 62 degrees
Current Humidity 62 %

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