Reservoir Fire Above Azusa Balloons To 600 Acres

Photo courtesy of Michael Dubron, firefighter paramedic with L.A. County.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: The California Highway Patrol reports Highway 39 will be closed for the next five days due to the fire. The mountain road is closed at the base of the foothills and at East Fork Road, according to Officer Monica Posada with the CHP Traffic Management Center.

The Azusa Police Department has announced for residents of Mountain Cove and along Ranch Roadand Crystal Canyon Drive.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: The U.S. Forest Service has provided an official estimate on the acreage burning in the Reservoir Fire.

At least 100 acres have burned and the fire is still moving with a rapid rate of spread, said Andrew Mitchell, a digital media specialist with the U.S. Forest Service.

A second fire has erupted in Duarte, near the base of the foothills at Brookridge Road and Opal Canyon Road with flames moving away from homes in an uphill direction. At least 40 acres have burned in Duarte, according to U.S. Forest Service broadcast traffic.

Azusa Police officers are reportedly assisting with evacuating homes in Duarte.

PREVIOUS: A fast-moving brush fire has ignited in the foothills above Azusa and Glendora Monday morning.

Los Angeles County Firefighters were dispatched to the fire which is spreading rapidly and has jumped to more than 200 acres in less than one hour, according to U.S. Forest Service broadcast traffic.

There are no structures identified in the area, according to a representative with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“There’s only brush, only hills, no structures in the area,” the representative said.

The initial response was to a traffic collision at 11 a.m. to Highway 39 near Morris Dam, the representative said.

According to California Highway Patrol traffic logs, a vehicle drove over the side of Highway 39 and ignited the brush. The caller did not report seeing the occupant exit.

County firefighters have a fixed wing aircraft, two helicopters, multiple water tenders and engines fighting the fire.

Firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service have initiated a 2nd-alarm response and have aircraft assisting with the fight. San Bernardino County resources have also been requested, according to U.S. Forest Service broadcast traffic.