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San Gabriel Valley Reservoir Fire Continues To Blaze

Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016 – 2:41 PM

(CNS) – Amid soaring temperatures and bone-dry conditions, a pair of fast-moving brush fires quickly tore through vegetation today in the Angeles National Forest and the foothills above Duarte and Azusa.

The initial fire, dubbed the Reservoir Fire, broke out shortly after 11 a.m. off Highway 39 near the Morris Reservoir dam north of Azusa, according to Sherry Rollman of the U.S. Forest Service. That fire grew to more than 100 acres within an hour, then raged across 300 acres as it sped through dry vegetation.

Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

The fire was believed to have been sparked by a vehicle running off the highway, and crews at the scene reported a possible fatality in that initial crash, but fire officials could not immediately confirm the death.

About 90 minutes after the Reservoir Fire began, a second blaze was reported near Opal Canyon and Brookridge roads near the Duarte/Azusa border, about four miles southwest of the Reservoir Fire.

That blaze, dubbed the Fire Fire, quickly roared into the foothills, burning north away from homes but threatening some remote horse stables.

That brush fire consumed at least 100 acres in less than an hour and burned rapidly uphill, according Capt. Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. An online report from Cal Fire indicated that the fire had grown to 300 acres by shortly after 1 p.m.

Mora said fire crews were in structure protection mode, battling the blaze in temperatures of more than 100 degrees.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and city of Duarte officials said no evacautions or road closures were in effect as a result of the Fish Fire.

Highway 39 was blocked in the Angeles National Forest due to the Reservoir Fire.

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