Photo courtesy of Jim Wigton.
Based on the most recent available reports, there are two separate brush fires currently burning in Los Angeles County near Monrovia, including the Reservoir Fire (in Azusa) & the Fish Fire (in Duarte). The Reservoir Fire is estimated to be 1,200 acres in size and the Fish Fire is estimated to be 1,000 acres in size.
At this point in time, the fires are burning away from Monrovia. However, City personnel have taken a series of fire prevention measures, including the following:
- We have closed Canyon Park, Trask Boy Scout Camp, and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve.
- At the Fire Department, we have called back an extra engine company to allow for advance firefighting preparatory work while also maintaining our normal service levels.
- As we track the fire, we are also working to establish a fire break at the Rincon Ridge and Mt. Bliss Road.
- We have made preparations at the Community Center in the event that we need to order evacuations in Monrovia.
We are monitoring the situation very closely, and it is important to emphasize that at this point in time, both the Reservoir Fire and the Fish Fire are burning away from Monrovia. However, given the time of day, our personnel are monitoring wind patterns, and while we are hopeful that the fire will continue to push away from Monrovia, we are taking precautions in the event that the situation changes. Furthermore, should the conditions change at all, the City has made plans to coordinate the activation of our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) later this evening.
Source: City of Monrovia press release
- Brad Haugaard