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Dam Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Keila Vizcarra
Phone: 626-759-6876

Highlighted Activity

07/31/2020 New Fire Restriction in Effect Beginning August 1, 2020.
 Angeles National Forest Fire and Aviation Management FOREST FIRE DANGER BRIEFING   July 23, 2020   Background Throughout the calendar year there is a need to evaluate fuels and weather...
Announcement - 07/31/2020
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The Dam Fire remains at 220 acres with 87% percent containment. Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol the areas of the fire that are inaccessible. Crews will secure containment lines and cool areas along the perimeter.

Once these areas have been cooled, the work is not over—suppression repair begins. Today, crews will work to repair impacts to the landscape from fire suppression efforts. On the Dam Fire, crews will cover handlines and dozer lines with vegetation. Dirt road culverts and ditches will be cleaned and repaired to maintain erosion control. Crews will remove all flagging and equipment related to fire suppression activities.

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

Effective yesterday, 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.

Cooking stoves, lanterns, and similar devices which use propane, white gas, or similar fuels are prohibited at this time.

CLOSURES A road closure is in effect at State Route 39 North of Azusa at Old San Gabriel Canyon Road. Additionally, Glendora Ridge Road and Glendora Mountain Road remain closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Closures are being staffed by the California Highway Patrol and CALTRANS.

Coldbrook Campground and Crystal Lake Recreation Area are closed. San Gabriel Canyon OHV, West Fork picnic area, and East Fork area of the San Gabriel River are also closed.

Please drive with caution and be aware of emergency vehicles on area highways and streets as these crews remain working. Please be advised that Highway 39 is experiencing high vehicle traffic due to the fire. 
 Hotshot crews were first established in Southern California in the late 1940s on the Angeles and Cleveland National Forests. They were called "hotshot" crews because they worked on the hottest part of wildfires and gave it their best shot.

The U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, state and county agencies sponsor more than 100 Interagency Hotshots Crews, with most located in the western United States. Interagency Hotshot Crews are capable of providing a disciplined, self-contained and adaptable workforce to meet the needs of incident managers in a variety of situations.


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)
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates34.162 latitude, -117.894 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel381
Size220 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained87%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 foot)

Significant Events

CAIMT13 took over management of the fire 7/31. Minimal fire behavior observed overnight, creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Continue direct firelines construction.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

There is some uncertainty in the overnight recoveries, with maximum humidities anywhere from 30 percent to 50 percent. General cooling and moistening expected each day Sunday through Wednesday.