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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CA-ANF- Williams Fire; 3,806 acres, 24%

Angeles National Forest - Wildfire in San Gabriel Canyon. East Fork AreaCredit: USFS Fire Photo - Link #CaFire
Wildfire Location, Perimeters and Hot-spots

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday September 02nd, 2012 approx. 02:15 PM
Location East Fork San Gabriel Canyon
GPS: 34.239 latitude, -117.822 longitude
Incident Commander James Smith
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,275
Size 3,806 acres
Percent Contained 24% - 
Fire size changed due to more accurate mapping.
 Estimated Containment Date Thursday September 13th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Medium to Heavy Brush. Mostly Chaparral, brush and mixed conifers. Fuels are approximately 15 to 20 years old.
Fire Behavior - The fire continued active ovnierght while continuing to back down hill in the south and western portions of the of the fire. Slow to moderate activity was observed in the northern and eastern portions.
Significant Events:  Continued line construction and reinforecement. Burnout operations were successful. The infrared flight last night will provide additional perimeter information and will confirm active areas on the fire. The evacuation order for the campgrounds and San Gabriel Canyon are still in effect. Highway 39 remains closed. Resources include 8 Air Tanker, 10 Helicopters.68 engines,8 dozer, 46 hand crews and 11 water tenders.
Outlook/Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue line construction, continue holding and strengthening existing lines while utilizing aircraft and ground forces.Crews will take advantage of opportunities to engage with direct attack when possible. Structure protection will also continue in the Camp Williams area.
Terrain Difficulty - Very Steep. 30% to 80% slope.
Remarks: Origin of Fire is about half-way between Camp Williams and the Shooting Range along East Fork Road in San Gabriel Canyon, North of Azusa about 3 1/2 miles east of Highway 39. 
Press conferences will be held daily at 4:00 p.m. at the ICP.
Angeles Fire Information: 626-574-5208
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 5 mph SW
Temperature 67 degrees
Humidity 25%

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