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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CA-ANF San Gabriel Complex Vegetation Fire, Los Angeles County - Combination of Fish and Reservoir Incidents.NEW MAP

San Gabriel Complex, CA-ANF-002419, Vegetation Fire, Los Angeles County FRA/LRA

The San Gabriel Complex consists of 2 fires that started morning 06/20/16  and to be jointly managed as the
City of Azusa, Duarte, Bradbury, and San Gabriel Valley.
Unified Command with USFS, CALFIRE, and Los Angeles County



Reservoir Fire
Credit:USFS


Incident Command:  Mike Wakoski, Commanding Southern California Team 3
Location: Incident Command Post 15501Arrow Hwy Baldwin Park, CA
San Gabriel Complex Vegetation Fire Ops Map 06/23/16
San Gabriel Complex Vegetation Fire Operations Map 06/23/16
All evacuations for the San Gabriel Complex have been lifted. The American Red Cross evacuation center has been closed.


UPDATES:

6/26/16 0730: 5,285 Acres, 62% contained.

Highway 39 remains closed at old San Gabriel Road.

Due to the power loss in Azusa Canyon, small water systems in the canyon are under a “Boil Water” order. This order was issued by Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a precautionary measure to ensure that the water distribution systems do not have bacterial contamination. Water needs to be boiled for 1 minute at a rolling boil before use. This order will be lifted after water passes two tests that show there is no bacterial contamination. This order is applicable to all small water systems in Azusa canyon with the exception of Camp Williams.

Firefighters have been transported by helicopter to remote sites to continue fire suppression in areas that are difficult to access. Crews working on the Reservoir Fire continued direct fireline construction, mop up and patrolled the area for fire hazards. Conditions on the Fish Fire continued to improve allowing crews to go more direct with line construction. The west side of the fire near Stone Cabin Flat continues to burn due to the fuels available and steep terrain.

Handcrews successfully accessed the fires edge in the steep and rugged terrain above Spinks Canyon Road. Crews were able to build direct fireline and reinforce existing line. Hotshot crews are one of the few fire fighting units capable of this task. By posting lookouts and observing fire behavior, they were able to successfully complete this mission safely. This action provided additional security to the homes in the area.
6/25/16 0730: San Gabriel Complex Vegetation Fires Combine acreage for the complex is now 5,285 acres (1,200 acres for the Reservoir Fire with 48% containment and 4,085 acres for the Fish Fire and 48% containment). 1060 personnel are currently engaged on these fires to including 79 engines, 26 handcrews, 14 water tenders and 10 bulldozers, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Fish Fire, CA-ANF-002419, Vegetation Fire, Los Angeles County, Update 
Brookridge X Opal Canyon
Unified Command with USFS and Los Angeles County
FRA/LRA
  • 4,085 Acres, 48% Contained
  • Wakoski Type 2 IMT in command
  • Communities affected Azusa, Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia
    and San Gabriel District of the ANF
  • Continue to anchor the fire and perimeter control.
Reservoir Fire, CA-ANF-002417, Vegetation Fire, Los Angeles County, Update 
Hwy 39 at Morris Reservoir
FRA

  • 1,200 Acres, 48% Contained
  • Wakoski Type 2 IMT in command
  • Continue reinforcing existing control lines.

 San Gabriel Complex Vegetation Fire Perimeter Map 06/23/16
 San Gabriel Complex Vegetation Fire Perimeter Map 06/23/16

6/24/16 1830: 5,267 Acres, Percent of Perimeter Contained 30%
Mike Wakoski Commander, Southern California Incident Command Team 3

Due to the power loss in Azusa Canyon, small water systems in the canyon are under a “Boil Water” order. This order was issued by Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a precautionary measure to ensure that the water distribution systems do not have bacterial contamination. Water needs to be boiled for 1 minute at a rolling boil before use. This order will be lifted after water passes two test that show there is no bacterial contamination. This order is applicable to all small water systems in Azusa canyon with the exception of Camp Williams.

Fire fighters continue to take advantage of the weather and the higher relative humidities to secure existing line and use the low light of night to help identify potential hotspots. Night operations are complex due to unseen hazards, challenging conditions but generally provide cooler temperatures and decreased fire activity. Communications are key during all operation of firefighting but especially so during night operations. Firefighters carry hand held radios as well as cell phones and establish priority communication systems while on incident.

Handcrews successfully accessed the fires edge in the steep and rugged terrain above Spinks Canyon Road. Crews were able to build direct fireline and reinforce existing line. Hotshot crews are one of the few fire fighting units capable of this task. By posting lookouts and observing fire behavior, they were able to successfully complete this mission safely. This action provided additional security to the homes in the area. Hotshots bring a high level of fitness and expertise to wildfire management. They are highly mobile and trained to be self-sufficient with their own vehicles and gear and specialized firefighting tools.

On the eastern edge of the Fish Fire, firefighters have continued to make significant progress. Some crews spent the night in place. This is refered to as “spiking out” or “coyote tactics.” These crews are self-sufficient and capable of staying in the field un-supported for up to 3 days. With today’s break in the weather, and utilizing appropriate tactics, firefighters are expected to make additional progress.

Last night firefighters continued to monitor and hold existing fireline. Throughout the night with wind shifts expected, safety is a primary concern. Structure defense will continue.


6/24/16 0830: San Gabriel Complex consists of 2 fires that started the morning of June 20, the Reservoir Fire and the Fish Fire. Combine acreage for the complex is now 5,267 acres (1,200 acres for the Reservoir Fire with 30% containment and 4,067 acres for the Fish Fire and 30% containment). 1001 personnel are currently engaged on these fires to including 82 engines, 25 handcrews, 9 water tenders and 7 bulldozers, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Fish Fire, CA-ANF-002419, Vegetation Fire, Los Angeles County, Update 

Brookridge X Opal Canyon
Unified Command with USFS and Los Angeles County
FRA/LRA
  • 4,067 Acres, 30% Contained
  • Wakoski Type 2 IMT in command
  • Repopulation of Azusa, Duarte, Bradbury, and Monrovia
    began at 1200 today.
  • Continue to anchor the fire and perimeter control.
Reservoir Fire, CA-ANF-002417, Vegetation Fire, Los Angeles County, Update 
Hwy 39 at Morris Reservoir
FRA

  • 1,200 Acres, 30% Contained
  • Wakoski Type 2 IMT in command
  • Continue reinforcing existing control lines.
6/23/16 0830: Combined acreage for the complex is now 5235 acres (1200 acres for the Reservoir Fire and 4035 acres for the Fish Fire). Containment is at 15%. 949 personnel are currently engaged on these fires to including 55 engines, 23 handcrews, 5 water tenders and 9 bulldozers as well as helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Sheriff Update for Evacuations and Re-Entry June 23, 2016

Los Angeles County Firefighters and Sheriff’s Deputies, along with many other police agencies, organizations, and volunteers continue to battle the San Gabriel Complex Fire. The fire has burned approximately 5235 acres and is currently 15 percent contained.

EVACUATIONS AND RE-ENTRY
Additional residents affected by the “Fish Fire” portion of the “San Gabriel Complex” fire will be able to return to their homes.

At 12:00PM, some of residents who live in the Las Lomas area of the city of Duarte will be able return to their homes. This includes those who evacuated from the streets of Vineyard Avenue up to Willowglen Drive, Las Lomas Road up to Willowglen Drive, and Woodbluff Avenue to Starpine Drive.

This will be residents with ID only. Deputies will be checking identification to see if people traveling through the area reside in the above listed areas.

No live stock will be allowed back into the area for at least 24 hours after the population of residents.

No large vehicles, such as trailers, RV’s, horse trailers or other oversized vehicle will be allowed into the area. Fire officials still have large vehicles traveling along those streets and require adequate space to travel.

Small pets, such as dogs, cats, etc. can return home with you.

Residents in the Las Lomas area in the city of Duarte who live north of Willowglen Drive are still under evacuation.

Residents of the Mesa Area in the city of Duarte are still under evacuation. This includes residents who live on Mount Olive Drive north of Woodlyn Lane, Spinks Canyon, Rim Road, Golden Meadow Drive, and High Mesa Drive
6/22/16 1830: The San Gabriel Complex consists of 2 fires that started the morning of June 20, the Reservoir Fire and the Fish Fire. Combine acreage for the complex is now 4900 acres (1200 acres for the Reservoir Fire and 3700 acres for the Fish Fire). Containment is at 15%. 1404 personnel are currently engaged on these fires including handcrews, engines, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, bull dozers, and water tenders.


San Gabriel Complex Fire Perimeter Map

Tonight crews will continue to improve the perimeter around structures­­­­ and mop up where needed. Additional firefighters will look for opportunities to go direct. Crews continue to patrol and hold the line along Highway 39.

Tonight will be partly cloudy with gusty winds possible the first few hours of night shift, then subside after sunset. An onshore flow will allow for better humidity recoveries tonight at the lower elevations.

A press conference was held today at 9 a.m at the incident command post regarding the repopulation plans of the evacuated communities. We are happy to announce some of the residents in the City of Duarte will be able to return to their homes. 858 homes have been evacuated. This will allow the evacuees of 534 homes to return in the City of Duarte. Residents only in the BrookRidge Area north of Royal Oaks Drive, East of Green Bank Ave. and West of Encanto Parkway will be able to return to their homes today at noon. This will be for residents with proper I.D. only. Small pets such as dogs and cats etc. may return home with you.

Today’s community meeting regarding evacuation orders for the San Gabriel Complex held tonight at 7at the Northview Intermediate School was well attended by the community. Speakers included Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander So Cal Team 3, Vince Pena Deputy Chief, Unified Commander, Lee Rickard, Operations Section Chief So Cal Team 3, and Capt. Jeff Scroggin, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Meeting was facilitated by Marc Peebles, Information Officer for So Cal Team 3


6/21/16 1830: 4,900 Acres, 0% Contained (Fish= 2,500 acres, Reservoir= 2,400 acres)
  • Wakoski Type 2 IMT in command (managing both fires in complex)
  • High threat to structures along the foothills of Azusa, Duarte, Bradbury,
    and Monrovia. Fire continues to hold along the ridge above these communities.
  • Extremely steep terrain and narrow drainage.
  • Numerous powerline corridors are posing a threat to the public and firefighters.


6/21/16 1000: The Reservoir Fire is currently 2400 acres and the Fish Fire is 3000 acres. Both fires are 0% contained.
 The San Gabriel Complex is under unified command, Mike Wakoski commanding with Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Assisting agencies include Arcadia Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Arcadia Police Department, Southern California Edison, Caltrans, Los Angeles County Public Works, American Red Cross, Los Angeles County Health Department and California Office of Emergency Services.

Resources today: 610 personnel are currently engaged on these fires including handcrews, engines, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, bull dozers, and water tenders.


Red Flag and excessive heat warning remain in effect.

Fire restrictions are at Very High and Angeles Nation Forest Order No. 01-16—04 is in effect regarding the use of campfires, smoking, firearms and welding.

Evacuation Information: The American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at the Duarte Community Center located at 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010 or call (626)357-7931
06/21/16 0800: 5,400 acres 0% contained. Combination of Fish and Reservoir Incidents. Type 2 IMT (Wakoski) in command. Will go to one 209 @ 1800 this evening. Press conference at 9am Santa Fe Dam

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