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Dam Fire

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Angeles National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
701 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006

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The Dam Fire remains at 220 acres with 95% percent containment. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrolled the areas of the fire that are inaccessible. Crews will continue with backhaul operations, the process of gathering equipment like hose, hose fittings, nozzles, and recycling. Equipment will be cleaned, repaired, and organized to be ready for the next incident.  

Hot and dry conditions are forecasted to subside. Slightly cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity are expected today into Wednesday. More information can be found at the National Weather Service website.

Road Closures: State Route 39 is open north of Azusa in Angeles National Forest as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday 8/6. Temporary signs posted on barricades in general slide & burn areas warning motorists of falling debris.

Fire Restrictions: The fire danger to the Angeles National Forest has continued to increase, and on Saturday, August 1st, the Angeles National Forest changed its Forest Fire Danger Level from VERY HIGH to EXTREME. Corresponding with this change, the Angeles National Forest moved into full fire restrictions including prohibiting campfires in developed sites.You may read the Angeles Forest Order No. 05-01-20-05 which prohibits all campfires within the Angeles National Forest. The Angeles National Forest uses a 6 Level Fire Danger Rating System to determine fire restrictions which it adjusts throughout the year. 

No fires of any type including cooking stoves, lanterns, and similar devices which use propane, white gas, or similar fuels are allowed at this time.


The Angeles National Forest is located within one of the driest, most fire-prone areas in the United States – where human-caused wildland fires are becoming larger and more frequent - significantly damaging natural resources as well as the important human infrastructure on these invaluable public lands.

Not all areas and resources impacted by these fires will recover naturally, so forest managers and partners have launched a number of restoration efforts intended to produce ecosystems that are able to adapt and thrive over time. Learn more about these fire restoration projects by viewing a story map on the Angeles National Forest website.

The Angeles National Forest is a unique area nestled in the midst of an ever-changing and growing population in the Los Angeles area. The Forest is one of the few remaining open space areas in Southern California. The forest is an important part of the overall health and well-being of the area population. It provides open space, solitude from the everyday stress of modern living, a place to conduct research, a haven for wildlife, and offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities. 

The Angeles National Forest was established by Executive Order in December 1892. It covers about 700,000 acres and is the backyard playground to the huge metropolitan area of Los Angeles. The Angeles manages the watersheds within its boundaries to provide valuable water to southern California and to protect surrounding communities from catastrophic floods.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginThursday July 30th, 2020 approx. 01:30 PM
LocationSan Gabriel Canyon near Morris Dam
Incident CommanderMike Wakoski, CAlifornia Interagency Incident Command Team 13(CIIMT13)
Coordinates34.162 latitude, -117.894 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel205
Size220 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 foot)

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping and Smoldering.


Planned Actions

Conduct suppression repair activities. Removal of excess equipment from the fire line.

Projected Incident Activity

No growth is anticipated under current or predicted conditions.


CIIMT 13 (Wakoski) will be transitioning the incident to the local Type 4 team tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5th at 0600. Closeout will be at the Angeles National Forest Headquarters at 1130.

Road Closures related to the Dam Incident are scheduled to be discontinued at 0800 on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weak upper trough will persist across the region through Friday allowing a cooling trend to continue through late this week. The marine layer is likely to deepen and bring a good chance for morning low clouds and

fog around the San Gabriel foothills through Friday morning. Expect a persistent

modest southwest winds each afternoon through mid evening hours, with light variable winds overnight. Minimum relative humidities will be increasing as well

through the end of the week reaching around 50 percent. With the marine layer

deepening, there will be good recoveries through the overnight hours as well.

There is a 30 percent chance that marine layer stratus might not reach the Dam Spot on Friday.