Saturday, January 18, 2014

Colby Fire!

On Thursday morning a fire broke out in the hills above Glendora.
 Notice the Los Angeles temple in the bottom of the picture.
This picture is from the LA Times

At 6:15 am Thursday morning on the way to seminary, we noticed a plume of smoke rising up from the mountains to the east of us.  
This picture was taken by the Glendora Police Dept. 

We are very fortunate and blessed to have the resourses to battle this blaze. 750 firefighter personnel are fighting the fire, with 100 trucks, two air tankers and eight helicopters.
This is a picture of a super scooper plane obtaining water from nearby Santa Fe Dam. 
This picture was taken by Margaret Finlay.

The helicopters get their water from nearby reservoirs . 
I got this picture from

750  firefighter personal were deployed to fight this fire. 
This picture is from

*Three men were being held in jail on suspicion of recklessly starting the Colby Fire in lieu of $20,000 bail each by the Glendora Police Department, Chief Tim Staab said at a Thursday morning news conference.

Staab said police believe the three set a campfire and were tossing papers into the fire when a breeze kicked up and ignited the larger blaze in the foothills. Staab said he was told by detectives that "One [suspect] had made an admission to our detectives and admitted to starting this fire." That suspect was apologetic, Staab said.

The men came to police attention after a resident reported two people walking suspiciously away from the fire Thursday morning, Staab said. The two were detained. A third person was given a ride down by the U.S. Forest Service and was later detained.

The suspects are being cooperative, Staab said. Staab added that the area isn't a camping area, but that people do camp in the area.

*I got most of my information for this post from this website.  Thankyou  Southern California Public Radio

This is an email update I received about the Colby Fire from the City of Duarte:

January 20, 2014

Dear Nextdoor Neighbor;

The Colby Fire is 78% contained with more than 3 square miles burned. In all, five homes were destroyed, three persons were injured and 17 structures were damaged. Full containment is expected sometime on Wednesday of this week. The City of Duarte deactivated its Emergency Operation Center last Thursday at 11:30 p.m. but have continued to monitor the incident. There remains no significant threats to the cities of Duarte or Bradbury.

The last wave of evacuees in the Azusa neighborhood of Mountain Cove, were allowed to return home Saturday evening. At the peak, the fire caused approximately 3700 evacuations throughout Glendora and Azusa. The fire started early Thursday morning in the Angeles National Forest when Santa Ana winds hit a campfire that was set by three men. The three suspects, 23-year-old Jonathan Jarrell of Irwindale, 22-year-old Clifford Henry Jr. of Glendora and 21-year-old transient Steven Aguirre, were booked on suspicion of recklessly starting a fire the same day and are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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1 comment:

  1. I wasn't aware of anything until I walked out the door to go to school - and the sky was red! That was a shock!! Fire is scary indeed!