The Tecolote fire in the Angeles National Forest just 18 miles north of Glendora has spread to over 350 acres and reports indicate that it is zero percent contained. According to Eye Witness News Los Angeles, the fire started at Mile Marker 28 on Highway 39 and the initial response included deploying at least eight helicopters and some 200 firefighters to the scene. Campers and hikers in the area were forced to evacuate the area and Highway 39 is now closed to all but emergency vehicles from the mouth of Azusa Cyn to north of the East Fork Bridge.
The two-alarm brush fire started Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the North Fork of San Gabriel Canyon and due to the extreme drought in California and current hot temperatures has quickly spread. Campers, hikers and backpackers had to evacuate the area quickly due to safety concerns. According to InciWeb, the current conditions of the Tecolote fire indicate it is now burning into the forest away from homes.
UPDATE: As of 8:00 p.m the Tecolote Fire is being reported as five percent contained and has burned 400 acres.
By Alana Marie Burke