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Dam Fire Final Update August 04, 2020

Dam Fire Wildfire
News – 8/4/2020

Dam Fire Incident Final Update

Tuesday, August 4th

Location of Origin: San Gabriel Canyon, near Morris Dam 
Start Date: July 30th, 2020
Size: Approximately 220 acres
Percent Contained: 87%
Cause: Under Investigation
Resources Assigned: 381 personnel
Fire Information Number: (747) 322- 6643

SUMMARY

Last night’s infrared flight showed a couple of heat sources inside the control lines.  They will be actively addressing those during today’s operations. Management of the fire will begin its transition back to the local unit as California Interagency Incident Management Team 13 prepares to depart. The Dam Fire remains at 220 acres with 87% 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.

On behave of Incident Commander Mike Wakoski, and California Interagency Incident Management Team 13, we wish to thank the local residents, forest visitors for their patience and understanding as we managed the fire.

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.

On Thursday, August 6th, 8:00 a.m. conditions permitting, the road closure at State Route 39 North of Azusa at Old San Gabriel Canyon Road will be lifted. Until the road reopens, the closure will continue to be staffed by the California Highway Patrol and CALTRANS. Additionally, Glendora Ridge Road and Glendora Mountain Road will reopen.

When Highway 39 reopens, dispersed recreation is permitted in San Gabriel Canyon, however some restrooms may not be available while we continue to focus on necessary maintenance. Coldbrook Campground, Crystal Lake Recreation Area, San Gabriel Canyon OHV and the West Fork picnic area also will remain closed. 

After the closure is lifted, please drive with caution and be aware of emergency vehicles as crews remain working in the area. Please be advised that Highway 39 is experiencing high vehicle traffic due to the fire, and be alert to the potential of falling debris along Highway 39.

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.

ABOUT THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST

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.

For more information visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6900/

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