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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

SAR: After Search "Gorked" Teen loses car privileges!

Really gorked Teen loses car privileges - "he probably won't get to use the car for a while." say's boy's father!

Confused teen had apparently swallowed hallucinogenic mushrooms, possibly dropped some acid, got lost and just "thought" his leg was broken so he called mommy.
Leading to full scale successful SAR search...


SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A mommy's frantic 911 plea for help finding her supposedly injured teen son lost in the Santa Cruz Mountains led to an expensive search that ended with rescuers locating the youth tripping on drugs.

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Rosenberg had used his cellular telephone Monday night to call his mommy and tell her he tripped,(In more ways than one), broke his leg and was lost.

But Cal Fire Capt. Bill Finch says the Los Gatos High School senior idiot didn't break his leg, adding the teen had apparently swallowed hallucinogenic mushrooms, possibly dropped some acid and just "thought" his leg was broken.

Finch says the teen "was really gorked" when rescuers found him standing at the bottom of a ravine. The cost of the search was estimated at up to $10,000.

The teen's father Mark Rosenberg says the boy will be punished, adding "he probably won't get to use the car for a while."

Tags: Idiot, teen, heres your sign!, gorked

Earthquake: 4.2 - Palm Desert - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck approximately 27 miles south of Palm Springs, Calif. at 8:55 p.m.
No injuries or damages were reported.Earthquake location map -
Map Centered at 33°N, 116°W
Earthquake Details

Magnitude4.2
Date-Time
Location33.440°N, 116.460°W
Depth5.8 km (3.6 miles)
RegionSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 23 km (14 miles) ESE (123°) from Anza, CA
  • 23 km (14 miles) NNW (339°) from Borrego Springs, CA
  • 30 km (19 miles) SSW (210°) from La Quinta, CA
  • 38 km (23 miles) SW (214°) from Indio, CA
  • 43 km (27 miles) S (171°) from Palm Springs, CA
  • 97 km (60 miles) NE (41°) from San Diego, CA
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles)

CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 700 Acres - 0%

Apache Wildland Fire Update

Picture of Apache fire as a small stump spot fire
Now fire exceeds 700 acres
Credit:
Bobby Wisnouckas, a PCT hiker, who was first to discover the fire.

Picture of Apache fire - Hiking away after discovery
Credit:
Bobby Wisnouckas, a PCT hiker, who was first to discover the fire.

Bobby Wisnouckas and fellow hiker, Steffie, tried to shovel sand on the fire, but the winds were too strong at that altitude and the fire quickly moved to the grass and then to the logs downhill from the stump

Tuesday afternoon, April 29 Apache Fire is reported by Two Pacific Crest trail hikers as a burning stump and is now about 700 Acres.
Rapid ROS, 40 mph winds, smoke, heavy downed timber, moving into brush.
The high ROS and steep terrain have made accessing fire difficult. A hotshot crew and 4 strike teams of CalFire crews (8 crews) are working the fire in very steep terrain today.
Aircraft have been grounded due to high winds and a heavy marine layer limiting visibility.

IA: Tuesday afternoon, April 29 Apache Fire is reported by Two Pacific Crest trail hikers as a burning stump and is now about 700 Acres
Current sizeup: 700 Acres - 0% containment - Potential for 3000 acres
Location: San Jacinto Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County -Apache Peak 5000 feet on the eastern most ridge of mountains over looking the desert.
IC: Apache IC - Chris Fogle
Resources: 170 personnel on fire, 1 engine, 1 Hot Shot crew, 8 handcrews, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane, 4 air tankers and 2 helitankers. 7 overhead (3 FS, 2 CalFire, 1 BLM, 1 BIA)
Aircraft were grounded early this morning due to fog, but should fly when weather clears.
CAL FRE has mobilized 1 AA, 1AT, and 1 COP committed.
Resource needs: 12 hours;
air resources: 3 T1 helos, 4 T2 helos, 1 T3 high performance helo, 4 T1 ATs
ground resources: 15 T1 crews, 1 T1 engine, 2 STs of T3 engines
Planned actions: Due to steep roadless terrain, 9 handcrews will hike into fire this morning.
Fuels: Light to Heavy brush, steep roadless terrain.
Fire is being wind-driven, with ridge top winds in the area measuring approximately 35 mph.

GACC-South Ops 4-30 1200hrs:CA BDF-005147 CA BDF-005147 Apache . Joseph's – SO CAL type II team is being Mobilized to this incident and tentatively transitioning by 1800 todays date.
Fire is 700 + acres 0% percent containment with a potiental to burn another 2000 to 5000 acres . Fire continues to burn at rapid rates of spread in heavy down logs and timber moving into grass and brush and is a threatening Agua Caliente Reservation, the San Jacinto wilderness, and the Santa Rosa-San Jacinto National Monument. This incident is in deep and inaccessible terrain, with high winds over fire, and is inaccessible to resources due to steep terrain, aircraft have been grounded due to high winds over fire 25 mph plus. fog at lower elevations also grounding aircraft.

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.

CLICK ON ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

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 %

California: CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 700+ Acres - 0%

Apache Wildland Fire

Rapid ROS, 40 mph winds, smoke, heavy downed timber, moving into brush.
The high ROS and steep terrain have made accessing fire difficult. A hotshot crew and 4 strike teams of CalFire crews (8 crews) are working the fire in very steep terrain today.
Aircraft have been grounded due to high winds and a heavy marine layer limiting visibility.

IA: Tuesday afternoon, April 29 Apache Fire is reported by Two Pacific Crest trail hikers as a burning stump and is now about 700 Acres
Current sizeup: 700 Acres - 0% containment - Potential for 3000 acres
Location: San Jacinto Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County -Apache Peak 5000 feet on the eastern most ridge of mountains over looking the desert.
IC: Apache IC - Chris Fogle
Resources: 170 personnel on fire, 1 engine, 1 Hot Shot crew, 8 handcrews, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane, 4 air tankers and 2 helitankers. 7 overhead (3 FS, 2 CalFire, 1 BLM, 1 BIA)
Aircraft were grounded early this morning due to fog, but should fly when weather clears.
CAL FRE has mobilized 1 AA, 1AT, and 1 COP committed.
Resource needs: 12 hours;
air resources: 3 T1 helos, 4 T2 helos, 1 T3 high performance helo, 4 T1 ATs
ground resources: 15 T1 crews, 1 T1 engine, 2 STs of T3 engines
Planned actions: Due to steep roadless terrain, 9 handcrews will hike into fire this morning.
Fuels: Light to Heavy brush, steep roadless terrain.
Fire is being wind-driven, with ridge top winds in the area measuring approximately 35 mph.

GACC-South Ops 4-30 1200hrs:CA BDF-005147 CA BDF-005147 Apache . Joseph's – SO CAL type II team is being Mobilized to this incident and tentatively transitioning by 1800 todays date.
Fire is 700 + acres 0% percent containment with a potiental to burn another 2000 to 5000 acres . Fire continues to burn at rapid rates of spread in heavy down logs and timber moving into grass and brush and is a threatening Agua Caliente Reservation, the San Jacinto wilderness, and the Santa Rosa-San Jacinto National Monument. This incident is in deep and inaccessible terrain, with high winds over fire, and is inaccessible to resources due to steep terrain, aircraft have been grounded due to high winds over fire 25 mph plus. fog at lower elevations also grounding aircraft.

Eldorado National Forest - Prescribed Fire - Last Chance

Last Chance Prescribed Fire Incident Information

Summary

The US Forest Service is conducting a prescribe burn in the vicinity of Grizzly Flat near Caldor Road. If conditions are favorable, up to 200 acres may be burned over a two day period on April 30 and May 1. The fire is designed to burn along the ground to remove low growing vegetation, known as Bear Clover, dead branches and other natural debris situated under the trees. Smoke will be visible during the burn. Fire equipment and personnel are on hand during the ignition and patrols will take place following the burn. The prescribe burn is named Last Chance.

Basic Information

Incident Type Prescribed Fire
Cause Prescribe Fire
Date of Origin 04/30/2008 at 00 hrs.
Location Eldorado National Forest,
Grizzly Flat near Caldor Road.
Incident Commander Sean Ferrel

INFO: NEU- Auburn - Camp Crews "hands on" exercise

CAL Fire: NEU - Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit training

CAL FIRE inmate firefighters will be conducting a "hands on" exercise in preparation for the upcoming fire season today. The exercise will provide an opportunity for fire crews to be evaluated on their firefighting knowledge, ability to perform in a safe manner and on their physical condition. It is vital that crew members acclimate themselves for the warmer weather ahead to reduce the heat related injuries that can occur in the fire environment.

The exercise will begin at 8:00 am in Auburn, beginning at the east end of the Foresthill Bridge. The fire crews will hike into the incident site, construct fire lines, and deploy fire shelters under simulated emergency conditions. CAL FIRE Chief, Randy Smith confirmed, "It is an outstanding opportunity to put the year's training to the test and to gear up both physically and mentally for the ensuing fire season."

CA-SMD-Santa Anita Fire - 584 acres and is 88 % percent

As containment is achieved and with the cooler weather cooperating heavy demoblization will occur today and tomorrow on the fire.
All of the evacuated areas, with the exception of Chantry Flats in the Angeles National Forest have been reopened.

From South Ops:
Santa Anita Fire
(CA-SMD-08-22735) fire has burned 584 acres and is 88 % percent contained . Incident remains in Unified Command with USFS (Fiorella), Sierra Madre Fire (Heydorf) and Sierra Madre Police (Diaz). All of the evacuated areas, with the exception of Chantry Flats in the Angeles National Forest , have been reopened. Heavy demobilization expected to occur today and tomorrow. With the cooler temperatures and good progress made by the crews. Lower evelvations of the incident are observing some drizzle. It is anticipated that containment will be achieved on May 2nd. Acreage aportionment: USFS=238 acres and Sierra Madre=346 acres.

CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 650+ Acres - 0%

Apache Wildland Fire

High winds, smoke and steep terrain have made accessing fire difficult. Aircraft have been grounded due to high winds and a heavy marine layer limiting visibility.

IA: Tuesday afternoon, April 29 Apache Fire reported by Two Pacific Crest trail hikers reported as a burning stump now about 650 Acres
Current sizeup: 650 Acres - 0% containment - Potential for 3000 acres
Location: San Jacinto Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County -Apache Peak 5000 feet on the eastern most ridge of mountains over looking the desert.
IC: Apache IC - Espinoza
Resources: 170 personnel on fire, 1 engine, 9 handcrews, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane, 4 air tankers and 2 helitankers.
Aircraft were grounded early this morning due to fog, but should fly when weather clears.
CAL FRE has mobilized 1 AA, 1AT, and 1 COP committed
Planned actions: Due to steep roadless terrain, 9 handcrews will hike into fire this morning.
Fuels: Light to Heavy brush, steep roadless terrain.
Fire is being wind-driven, with ridge top winds in the area measuring approximately 35 mph.
GACC-South Ops 4-30 1100hrs:CA BDF-005147 Apache - Joseph's SO CAL type II team has also just been Mobilized to this incident.

Fire is 650 + acres 0% percent containment. This fire is burning near Apache Peak in San Jacinto Wilderness area of the San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County . This fire began last night and remained quite small, but it is growing and suppression action commencing this early this morning. Incidents is located near Apache Peak , on the eastern most ridge of mountains over looking the desert. Fire is being wind-driven, with ridge top winds in the area measuring approximately 35 mph. It is burning in a mix of timber and brush. Eight CDF Handcrews are ready to be flown into the fire. We have diverted aircraft from the Santa Anita Fire (in Sierra Madre) for this new fire.

Previous post: CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 100 Acres - 0%

CA-SMD-Santa Anita Fire - 584 Acres 88 Percent

CA-SMD-Santa Anita (Chantry Flats)
Santa Anita Fire - This mornings 209:

1: Date 04/30/2008
2: Time 0600
4: Incident Number CA-SMD-08-22735
5: Incident Name SANTA ANITA
6: Incident Kind Wildland Fire (Full Suppression/Perimeter Control)
7: Start Date Time 04/26/2008 1501
8: Cause Under Investigation
9: Incident Commander Fiorella/Heydorff/Diaz
10: Incident Command Organization Unified Command
11: State-Unit CA-SMD
12: CountyLOS ANGELES
13: Latitude and Longitude Lat: 34° 10´ 16" Long: 118° 1´ 56" Ownership: CA-SMD
14: Short Location Description (in reference to nearest town): Within one (1) mile of Chantry Flats Campground
15: Size/Area Involved 584 ACRES
16: % Contained or MMA 88 Percent
17: Expected Containment Date: 05/02/2008
18: Line to Build 68 Chains
19: Estimated Costs to Date $2,400,000
22: Injuries to Date: 04
Residence-77
Values at Risk: include communities, critical infrastructure, natural and cultural resources in 12, 24, 48 and 72 hour time frames:
12 hours: Recreational areas, powerlines, nature center, residential structures and threatened and endagered species.
24 hours: Recreational areas, powerlines, nature center, residential structures and threatened and endagered species. Mt. Wilson observatory and telecommunications site.
48 hours:
72 hours: 28: Critical Resource Needs (amount, type, kind and number of operational periods () in priority order in 12, 24, 48, and 72 hour time frames):
12 hours: None
24 hours:
48 hours:
72 hours:
29: Major problems and concerns (control problems, social/political/economic concerns or impacts, etc.) Relate critical resources needs identified above to the Incident Action Plan.
High temperatures, steep terrain, low RH and wildland urban interface.
30: Observed Weather for Current Operational Period
Peak Gusts (mph): 2-6 Max. Temperature: 53
Wind Direction: SW Min. Relative Humidity: 84
31: Fuels/Materials Involved: 4 Chaparral (6 Feet)
MODELS 1,2 AND 4
32: Today's observed fire behavior (leave blank for non-fire events):
Isolated hot spots.
33: Significant events today (closures, evacuations, significant progress made, etc.):
All of the evacuated areas, with the exception of Chantry Flats in the Angeles National Forest, have been reopened. Heavy demobilization expected to occur today and tomorrow.
34: Forecasted Weather for next Operational Period
Wind Speed (mph): 4-6 Temperature: 69
Wind Direction: W Relative Humidity: 36
36: Projected Final Size: 650 acres
38: Actions planned for next operational period: Improve line, mop up and provide structure protection. IR flight.
39: For fire incidents, describe resistance to control in terms of:1. Growth Potential - Low2. Difficulty of Terrain - Extreme
40: Given the current constraints, when will the chosen management strategy succeed?
With the cooler temperatures and good progress made by the crews, it is anticipated that containment will be achieved on May 2nd.
41: Projected demobilization start date: 04/29/2008 1800
42: Remarks: Unified Command with USFS (Fiorella), Sierra Madre Fire (Heydorf) and Sierra Madre Police (Diaz). Acreage aportionment: USFS=238 acres and Sierra Madre=346 acres. (update, first submission had LA County Sheriff as part of unified command).
45: Prepared by: Pete Lawrence-SITL 46: Approved by: Dave Fiorella 47: Sent to:FAMWEB by: M. Howell Date: 04/30/2008 Time: 0621

Red Flag warning: Riverside, Imperial Counties

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

Instruction:
PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

Area: CALIFORNIA FIRE WEATHER ZONE 232IMPERIAL COUNTY AND EASTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY-

Affected Counties or parts of: Riverside, Imperial

CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 100 Acres - 0%

San Jacinto wilderness. Apache peak. This was initially a control burn, significant column showing.
The fire is approximately 5 acres burning in light brush.
The Apache Fire is burning in the San Jacinto Wilderness but is visible from many areas. 1 crew is on scene monitoring the fire overnight and additional crews will be arriving in the morning. Aircraft will also resume work on the fire in the morning.
The fire is approximately 5 acres burning in light brush.
IA: 16:35 p.m. Origin Apache Fire - Two Pacific Crest trail hikers discovered a burning stump now about 5 acres
IC: BDF BC 54
Resources assigned today: 1 engine(Engine 57 ), 8 handcrews, 1hotshot crew, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane, 4 air tankers and 2 helitankers(H-406).
Weather: High winds grounded aircraft yesterday
Narrative: Firefighters are hiking 3.5 miles, starting at Keenwild Station, on the Pacific Crest Trail to reach the blaze in the Apache Peak area.
IC requested tanker drop to attempt to hold the fire overnight for crews, unknown if successful. 2 CDF handcrews ordered for tomorrow along with comitting H 406.

CA-SMD Santa Anita IC - 584 acres - 88%

Santa Anita Wildland Fire

INCIDENT UPDATED

Santa Anita fire progression map
Total burned area: 584 acres
Credit: USDA Forest Service - Link

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Summary

As of Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 6:00 a.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 88% contained.

Fire information is available until 8:00 p.m. today (Weds. 4/30/08) 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 (6:00 a.m. April 30, 2008):

With the exception of the Chantry Flats area, all evacuated areas have been re-opened.

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.

CLICK ON ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

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 923
Size 584 acres
Percent Contained 88%
Estimated Containment Date 05/02/2008 at 1800 hrs.
Fuels Involved

Brush, chaparral and light timber.

Fire Behavior

Isolated hot spots.

Significant Events

Except for the Chantry Flat area, evacuations have been lifted.

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

Unified Command with USFS (Fiorella), Sierra Madre Fire (Heydorf) and Sierra Madre Police (Diaz).

Weather

Current Wind Conditions 2-6 mph SW
Current Temperature 53 degrees
Current Humidity 84 %

LAFD: Hollywood and Vine - Major structure fire

Fire knocked down and under control...
BREAKING NEWS: Major Fire In Building At Hollywood & Vine
Los Angeles firefighters are battling a major blaze inside a restaurant and bar at the corner of
Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood.

*UPDATE: 6263 W. Hollywood Bl.* Knockdown time 0758, approx. 2 hrs, 27 min. No reports of injury
*UPDATE: 6263 W. Hollywood Bl.* 115 Firefighters or 23 companies assigned to fire. Traffic being diverted between Argyle & Ivar (east / west), Yucca & Selma (north / south).


CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 100 Acres - 0%

Apache Wildland Fire

IA: Origin Apache Fire - Two Pacific Crest trail hikers discovered a burning stump
Location: San Jacinto Wilderness, Apache Peak 5000 feet
IC: Apache IC - Espinoza
Resources: 1 engine, 8 handcrews, 1 hot shot crew, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane, 4 air tankers and 2 helitankers.
Aircraft were grounded early this morning due to fog, but should fly when weather clears.
Planned actions: Due to steep roadless terrain, 8 handcrews will hike into fire this morning.
Fuels: Light brush, steep roadless terrain.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Earthquake: 5.2 - Willows, Northern California

Magnitude 5.2 - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

2008 April 30 03:03:06 UTC -Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 08:03:06 PM at epicenter

Earthquake Details

Magnitude5.2
Date-Time
Location40.837°N, 123.499°W
Depth28.5 km (17.7 miles)
RegionNORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 18 km (11 miles) ESE (114°) from Willow Creek, CA
  • 41 km (26 miles) E (97°) from Blue Lake, CA
  • 42 km (26 miles) NW (315°) from Hayfork, CA
  • 56 km (35 miles) E (84°) from Eureka, CA
  • 307 km (191 miles) NW (326°) from Sacramento, CA
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 1.4 km (0.9 miles)
ParametersNST=140, Nph=140, Dmin=20 km, Rmss=0.15 sec, Gp= 54°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source
Event IDnc40216664

CA-LPF-ROCK - Wildfire - 50+ acres

IA: 15:00 Wildland Fire Initial reported by CHP at 3-4 acres.
Location: Highway 166 mile marker 32 at Rock Front Ranch approx. 20 miles east of Santa Maria
Sizeup: 50+ acres in grass and medium brush in rough terrain with strong winds. Medium ROS,
No estimate of containment.
Resources: LPF/SLU/SBC all have equipment on scene including air support.

Update: Patrol status

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

Santa Anita Wildland Fire

Santa Anita Fire - Tanker 48
Credit: By: fotoguy2008

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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 %

EDIS: Red Flag Warning - Inyo, San Bernardino

[EDIS] red flag warning in effect from noon today to 8 pm pdt this evening

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAS VEGAS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA. SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE EARLY THIS AFTERNOON WITH GUSTS EXCEEDING 35 MPH OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. THE GUSTY WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES BELOW 15 PERCENT CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR ERRATIC FAIR BEHAVIOR. IN THE OWENS VALLEY...THE THREAT WILL BE PRIMARILY ALONG THE FOOTHILLS OF THE SIERRA WHERE THE GUSTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE STRONGEST. THE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DECREASE BELOW ADVISORY CRITERIA BY MID EVENING AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL RECOVER ABOVE CRITERIA. BREEZY TO LOCALLY WINDY CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY WITH HUMIDITY LEVELS LOWERING BELOW 15 PERCENT IN THE AFTERNOON.

Instruction:
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING OR ARE IMMINENT. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS... LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY... AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXTREME FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

Area: OWENS VALLEY/SOUTHERN INYO FOREST-MOJAVE DESERT-

Affected Counties or parts of: Inyo, San Bernardino

Monday, April 28, 2008

LAFD ALERT: Major Emergency Structure Fire

Los Angeles Fire Department - Major Emergency Structure Fire 4/28/2008
*UPDATE: 6236 S. Gramercy Pl.* Fire knockdown by 180 Firefighters on scene. 1 Firefighter tsp'd w/ heat related symptoms. 7 total Businesses involved, 4 destroyed. No civilian inj's reported. -

City of Sierra Madre Santa Anita Fire updates

City of Sierra Madre Santa Anita Fire updates
Fire Updates for residents, Monday, 4-28-08, 8:00 p.m.
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Update, Monday, 4-28-08, 7:25 p.m.
Sierra Madre residents east of Baldwin (including the canyon) will most likely be able to go home after 8:00 this evening with proof of residency.

Update, Monday, 4-28-08, 5:50 p.m.
Current acres: 538 with 21% containment
(containment is going down b/c the fire is growing)

Update, Monday, 4-28-08, 7:25 p.m.
Sierra Madre residents east of Baldwin (including the canyon) will most likely be able to go home after 8:00 this evening with proof of residency.

Update, Monday, 4-28-08, 4:30 p.m.
SM Community Nursery School, YAC and YMCA will not be open tomorrow.

Update, Monday, 4-28-08, 3:53 p.m.
All the private schools will be closed again tomorrow. Sierra Madre School (both campuses) will reopen.

As of 1400 hours (2:00 pm) Fire Officials are hoping to be able to let people living east of Camillo back into their homes.

The evacuation area has been expanded westward from Carter and Lima all the way to Michillinda. It is mandatory that anyone north of this area be evacuated.

Road blocks are now set up from on Grandview from Michillinda to Camillo.

20% of Time Warner Customers are without cable (most likely the same people without power who have been evacuated)

Postal service for the evacuation areas will be delivered to the Sierra Madre Post Office.

Senior lunches will be at normal time today.

Trash Services is resuming as normal

CA-SMD Santa Anita Fire - 538 acres - 21%

Special news: As of 8:00 p.m. Monday April 28, evacuations will be lifted for homes east of Baldwin Avenue. Mandatory evacuations were lifted earlier this afternoon for residents living in the area east of Camarillo Street and north of Grandview Avenue.
Sierra Madre public schools (both campuses) will reopen Tuesday, April 29, 2008.

Santa Anita Wildland Fire

P-3 Tanker 27 Drop on Santa Anita Fire
Photo Credit: fotoguy2008

Fire progression through Monday, April 28, 2008
Credit: USDA Forest Service

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Summary - CA-SMD-08-22735

As of Monday, April 28, 2008, 6:00 p.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 updated fire progression map posted to this site).

The fire is currently 21% contained, with most of the containment in the area surrounding Sierra Madre residences.

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 (7:30 p.m. April 28, 2008):

The western boundary of the evacuations in Sierra Madre was extended to Michillinda Avenue at the boundary between Sierra Madre and Pasadena today. The southern boundary of the evacuation zone, from west to east, is Fairview Avenue to Grove, north along Grove to Carter Avenue, east along Carter Avenue to East Mira Monte Avenue, continuing down Mountain Trail Avenue, across Grandview Avenue to Camarillo Street.

As of 8:00 p.m., Monday April 28, 2008, mandatory evacuations will be lifted for residents living in the area east of Baldwin Avenue. Mandatory evacuations were lifted earlier this afternoon for residents living in the area east of Camarillo Street and north of Grandview Avenue.

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 (4:00 p.m. April 28, 2008):

Sierra Madre public schools (both campuses) will reopen Tuesday, April 29, 2008.

All other schools in Sierra Madre, including the Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, will 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 699
Size 538 acres
Percent Contained 21%
Fuels Involved

Brush, chaparral and light timber.

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior included active upslope runs, and slow spread to the southwest (see fire progression map).

Significant Events

Evacuation boundary was extended west to Michillinda Avenue in Sierra Madre. As of 8:00 p.m. Monday April 28, evacuations will be lifted for homes east of Baldwin Avenue.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Not available

Projected Movement

Fire crews will continue direct line construction, mop up, and structure protection. Fire is expected to move downslope on the west side.

Growth Potential

High

Terrain Difficulty

Extreme. Very steep terrain.

Remarks

Not available

Weather

Current Wind Conditions 3-5 mph SW
Current Temperature 94 degrees
Current Humidity 9 %

Incident Information from Inciweb link

CA-RRU-Wood - wildland fire- 55-60 acres and is 30% contained

Location: West of Mead valley- Wood Rd X Cajalco Rd.

Current sizeup: 55-60 acres and is 30% contained

Potential for 500 to 1000 acres.

Moderate to Rapid rate of spread - burning in light, flashy fuels in an easterly direction.


RRU Riverside County Fire Department Incident page: link -> CARRU-38108

Incident Name: Wood Incident Number: CARRU-38108
Date Reported: 04/28/2008 Time Reported: 3:52 PM
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Incident Location: Cajalco Road X Wood Road (TB 776-D3) City: West of Mead Valley
Size/Type of Fuel/etc.: Cause: Under Investigation
Loss: $0 (STR): $0 (Contents): $0 Vehicle(s): $0
Save: $0 (STR): $0 (Contents): $0 Cost to Date: $0
Injuries:
Fatalities: 0 Critical: 0 Moderate: 0 Minor: 0 Non-Injury: 0
Transported Ground AMB: 0 Air AMB: 0
Containment Time: Control Time:
Resources Assigned
Engines: 22 Breathing Supp.: 0 Helicopters: 2
Truck Co: 0 Squad: 1 Air Attack: 1
Firefighters: 180 RVC Medics: 0 Air Tankers: 2
Overhead Personnel: 8 AMB's: 0 Fire Crews: 6
Haz. Mat: No Co. Health: No County OES: No Fire Prev.: Yes Water Tenders: 4
Electrical Co: Yes Gas Co: No Water Co: No Bulldozers: 1
Red Cross: No Chaplain: No Displaced Persons: No Adult: 0 Child: 0
Misc. Equip: Sheriff's Office: No CHP: Yes Office: Inland
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Bernardino, CAL FIRE/San Diego, March ARB, Riverside County Fire Dept, Southern California Edison
Supplemental
Comments: ORIGINAL ENTRY: CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters are on scene of a vegetation fire, 2-3 acres in size burning in light to medium fuels with a moderate rate of spread. Updates will be posted as information becomes available. UPDATE 04/28/2008 4:50 p.m.: Fire is now approximately 15 acres. Potential for 500 to 1000 acres. UPDATE 04/28/2008 6:00 P.M.: Fire is approximately 55-60 acres burning in light, flashy fuels in an easterly direction. UPDATE 04/25/2008 6:55 P.M.: Fire size still remains at approximately 55-60 acres and is 30% contained. Full containment is expected around 9:00 p.m. this evening and full control by 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night (4/29/2008). No injuries have been reported. For additional information on the Wood Incident, please contact Field PIO, Captain Sean Dakin at 951-538-7778 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (4/29/2008).


OCFA: Authority to purchase two Bell night flying helicopters

In direct response to the Santiago Fire After-Action Report Orange County Fire Authority will add two two Bell 412EP night flying firefighting helicopters to its firefighting fleet. There will also be fifty additional engines available to be staffed in response to any large scale natural or man-made emergencies.

Orange County Fire Authority Press release:

OCFA TO PURCHASE TWO HELICOPTERS
Orange County Fire Authority
Captain Mike Blawn, PIO
1 Fire Authority Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 573-6201

April 25, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Subject:
OCFA TO PURCHASE TWO HELICOPTERS AS PART OF THE
SANTIAGO AFTER-ACTION REPORT


Irvine, CA – In an effort to enhance Orange County Fire Authority’s (OCFA) wildland firefighting
capabilities, the OCFA Board of Director’s Executive Committee took action on the recommendations of the Santiago Fire After-Action Report.
The OCFA awarded a $21,609,590 contract to Edwards & Associates for the purchase of two Bell 412EP helicopters.

“With their capacity to fly at night, these new helicopters will add to our wildland firefighting
abilities,” said Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion “These helicopters are anticipated to be delivered to us in January and February 2009, and shows our Board is taking the After Action Report seriously and moving forward with its recommendations.”

The Executive Committee also voted to enhance OCFA’s relief engine fleet to accommodate
increased flexibility for surge staffing during major incidents like the Santiago Fire. This action ensures there will be fifty additional engines available to be staffed in response to any large scale natural or man-made emergencies

Contact:
Captain Mike Blawn, (714) 573-6201 or michaelblawn@ocfa.org

CA-SMD-Santa Anita - 490 acres - 23%

Update: Santa Anita Wildland Fire - 490 acres - 23%
Resources:

Hand crews 19
Engines 56
Helicopters 3
Water Tenders 3
Air Tankers 3
Dozers 2

Total personnel assigned to fire: 564
Santa Anita wildland Fire progression map

Santa Anita Wildland Fire

Fire progression, April 26-27, 2008
Credit: USDA Forest Service

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Summary

As of Monday, April 28, 2008, 6:00 a.m. PST, the Santa Anita Fire has burned 490 acres north of Sierra Madre, CA. Approximately 50% of the acreage burned is on National Forest System land within the Angeles National Forest, and 50% is within the corporate boundary of the City of Sierra Madre.

The fire is currently 23% contained, with most of the containment in the area surrounding Sierra Madre residences.

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.

Evacuations:

Approximately 1,000 people have been evacuated from Sierra Madre residences, from Oak Crest Drive across Carter Avenue to East Mira Monte Avenue, continuing down Mountain Trail Avenue, across Grandview Avenue to Santa Anita Avenue.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect, but will be re-evaluated at 10:00 a.m. PST today (Monday, April 28, 2008). Residents needing 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.

Closures:

All Sierra Madre schools, public and private, are closed today, Monday, April 28, 2008.

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 580
Size 490 acres
Percent Contained 23%
Fuels Involved

Brush, chaparral and light timber.

Fire Behavior

Slow to moderate rate of spread. Fire is expected to move downslope on the west side and northeast toward Chantry Flat today.

Significant Events

Structure protection was successful overnight in residences on the northern edge of the City of Sierra Madre, as the fire backed downslope.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Not available

Terrain Difficulty

Very steep terrain with loose rock.

Remarks

Not available

Weather

Current Wind Conditions 3-5 mph SW
Current Temperature 67 degrees
Current Humidity 19 %

CA-SMD-Santa Anita - 450 acres - Evacuations

Picture of Santa Anita Fire from Mount Wilson Web Cam
Credit: Mount Wilson tower cam Link/Cal Fire News
Sierra Madre - Santa Anita Wildland Fire has taken turn for worse requiring more evacuations.
Update: 4-27 23:45hrs - Wind driven wildfire has crossed control line at Dam moving west, Increasing winds, 20 foot flame lengths,
Comms: 154.28
Resources: 500 Firefighters, Additional resource requests ASAP.

Official Fire Update, Sunday, 4-27-08, 5:30 pm
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Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 to Assume Command
At 6:00 p.m. (1800 hours) PST the Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 will assume command of the Santa Anita Fire in Sierra Madre, California. The on-scene media contact will be Marc Peebles, PIO SCIIMT3, 626-821-6700. The media center will be located at the USDA Forest Service, Angeles National Forest at 701 N. Santa Anita Avenue in Arcadia, California. The Santa Anita Fire information line is 626-821-6700. Online information available at INCIWeb.org.

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.
Inciweb update - link

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 %

CA-RRU-CANYON - Calimesa - Six acres

RRU INCIDENT: Link
Incident Name: Canyon Incident Number: CARRU-37747
Date Reported: 04/27/2008 Time Reported: 3:31 PM
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Incident Location: San Timoteo Canyon Road Near Palmer Avenue (TB 690-A6) City: Calimesa
Size/Type of Fuel/etc.: Cause: Powerlines - Human Caused -Utility Theft
Loss: $0 (STR): $0 (Contents): $0 Vehicle(s): $0
Save: $0 (STR): $0 (Contents): $0 Cost to Date: $0
Injuries:
Fatalities: 0 Critical: 0 Moderate: 0 Minor: 0 Non-Injury: 0
Transported Ground AMB: 0 Air AMB: 0
Containment Time: 04/27/2008 1430 Control Time:
Resources Assigned
Engines: 12 Breathing Supp.: 0 Helicopters: 2
Truck Co: 0 Squad: 0 Air Attack: 1
Firefighters: 75 RVC Medics: 0 Air Tankers: 2
Overhead Personnel: 3 AMB's: 0 Fire Crews: 2
Haz. Mat: No Co. Health: No County OES: No Fire Prev.: Yes Water Tenders: 2
Electrical Co: No Gas Co: No Water Co: No Bulldozers: 2
Red Cross: No Chaplain: No Displaced Persons: No Adult: 0 Child: 0
Misc. Equip: Sheriff's Office: No CHP: Yes Office: Indio
Cooperating Agencies: Southern California Edison
Supplemental
Comments: UPDATE 4:40 P.M. Fire is contained at six acres. Firefighters will remain at scene for at least three hours for mop-up. The cause of the fire was determined to be human attempt to remove and steal power lines. No suspects have been located thus far. CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters are at the scene of a wildland fire on San Timoteo Canyon Road near Palmer Avenue on the south side of Calimesa. First arriving units reported 5 acres burning upslope in heavy fuels. Power lines are down in the area. Updates will be posted as information becomes available. No injuries have been reported
Problems: Powerlines down in the area.
Evacuations: No Evacuation Comments:
Information Center: 951-940-6985 OR:
Prepared By: Jody Hagemann Prepared Date/Time: 04/27/2008 1804

CA-SND-Sorrento Valley - 100 acres - 100% contained

Wildland Fire Air Attack - CAL FIRE Air TankerWildland Fire Air Attack - CAL FIRE Air Tanker
Photo credit: Found at Link- no Photographer mentioned

Update: Wildland Fire crews made good progress in steep terrain fire is contained at this point.

IA: Fire on the 3900 block of Sorrento Valley Blvd. in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve .
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
Evacuations: Precautionary evacuations were announced for 250 homes in the area of Ocean Air Drive including the cul-de-sacs, Corte Jardin Del Mar, Corte Mar Asombrosa and Terraza Mar Mar Marvelosa. People in other nearby homes had been asked to prepare to leave. But the evacuation requests were dropped shortly before 4:00 p.m. as .

News: The wild land fire has spread to at least 80 acres according to Mayor Jerry Sanders during a news conference carried live on FOX6. The fire was 90% contained at 4:00 and expected to be fully contained by about 6:00, according to the mayor.

Press release: City of Sierra Madre - Santa Anita fire


Official Santa Anita fire update from City of Sierra Madre, 4-27-08, 14:30 pm - Link
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Sunday, April 27, 2008, Update 2:30 PM

All Sierra Madre schools, public and private, have been cancelled for Monday, April 28, 2008.

Evacuations are to remain in place through Monday, April 27, 2008 at 6:00 a.m. provided that the fire conditions remain steady. All residents are still strongly urged to leave their homes if they are in the mandatory evacuation area.

Background – new information in bold
The Santa Anita Fire began on Saturday, April 26th has currently burned under 400 acres of wildland urban interface. The only structure damaged at this time is a small out building off of Lotus Lane.

Two firefighters have been injured, one was stung by a bee yesterday afternoon; the other strained his knee working in the steep terrain.

The fire is 5% contained and we are looking at 4-5 days for full containment.

Approximately 1000 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. A second shelter at the Congregational Church, 170 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre, will be available after 4 pm.

The Sierra Madre City Council held an emergency meeting at 12:10 a.m. on Sunday, April 27th to declare the City in a state of emergency.

Air support began again Sunday morning at approximately 6:30 am. We anticipate having 2 helicopters, 3 air tankers, and over 400 firefighters on the ground. There are over 500 logistics and operations people

The difficulty of this fire is the terrain which is steep and difficult to access. Additionally, some of these areas have not burned in over 40 years. So far, the weather has been on our side, and although there will still be intense heat today, we expect little wind and rising humidity.

A wedding party of approximately 50 people was separated 3 ½ miles from the Chantry Flats Ranger Station. The party had driven up Saturday night to camp and celebrate the nuptials. Upon receiving word that the party was still in the mountains, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue lead the evacuation operation coordinating with LA County Sheriffs. It took five helicopter trips to take the party back to their cars at the Ranger Station where Los Angeles County Sheriffs escorted everyone back down the mountain safely. There were no reported injuries during this operation.

We are asking residents and visitors to stay off the streets, keep areas clear for fire department access and to stay attentive. Immediate updates can be found on cityofsierramadre.com and SMTV3, channel 3 on Time Warner.

For more information or media updates, please call 626-355-7135. The next media briefing is schedule for 6:00 pm (1800 hours) at the east side of Sierra Vista Park, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre.

Overnight Accomodations

Although the City of Sierra Madre and the American Red Cross have provided ample places for evacuees to stay tonight, we understand that many residents are choosing to stay in local hotels and motels. The following hotels had rooms available as of 2:30 PM, Sunday, April 27, 2008:

Courtyard by Marriott*
700 West Huntington Drive, Monrovia
626-357-5211

Santa Anita Inn*
130 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia
626-446-5211

Motel 6
225 Colorado Place, Arcadia
626-446-2660

*Please state that you are a Sierra Madre fire evacuee to receive discounted room rates.

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