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Ranch2 Fire

Unit Information

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

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Ranch 2 Fire Update for August 18 2020

Ranch2 Fire Wildfire
News – 8/18/2020

           Angeles National Forest:

         www.fs.usda.gov/angeles          Facebook: facebook.com/angelesnationalforest          Twitter: twitter.com/Angeles_NF

Public Information                             

Phone: (626) 574-5208

Incident Website:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6961

INCIDENT INFORMATION

Start Date: 08/13/2020                                         Size: 3,900 acres

Location: San Gabriel Canyon (Hwy 39)             Containment: 19%

North of Azusa, Los Angeles County, CA            Cause: Human-Caused, Suspected Arson

Assigned Resources

Hand Crew: 15                                    Engines: 16                 Dozers: 6         Total Personnel: 491

Helicopters: 5                                      Fixed Wing: 4             Water Tenders: 4

Current Conditions

The Ranch 2 Fire burned most actively to the northwest yesterday after the inversion lift. Fuels

continue to be critically dry with low moisture levels. Firefighters have been primarily focused on extending the containment lines on the north and west perimeters. Crews continue to hold the fire on the eastern perimeter as well. There was some growth on the fire last night and handcrews worked all night, making good progress to extend handlines on the western side of the fire.

For today’s actions, Dozers will be used to strengthen the northern fire line supported by retardant drops by air tankers and helicopters if the fire area is clear and visibility is good.  The crews that are spiked out on the western fire perimeter are building line to the north and are continuing to scout for strategic places to build line to the northwest of the fire.  Firefighters continue to work in difficult terrain.

Weather challenges for today include high temperatures up to 106 degrees, dry conditions, possible thunderstorms to the east that could cause strong and erratic wind gusts of up to 20 mph. The Excessive Heat Warning is still in place through 9 pm Thursday.  The steep and rugged terrain of the San Gabriel mountains along with the dense mixed chaparral fuels and grass complete the fuel-topography-weather conditions that make this a complex incident for firefighters.

Road Closures:

·         San Gabriel Canyon Road/Hwy 39 – Closed at Northbound Hwy 39 at Sierra Madre Avenue. Southbound Hwy 39 is closed at East Fork Road ·         Glendora Mountain Road – Closed from Big Dalton to East Fork ·         Glendora Ridge Road – Closed from Glendora Mountain Road to Mt. Baldy Road ·         Santa Anita Canyon Road – Closed from Arno Drive to Chantry Flats Road

For more information on road closures due to the Ranch 2 Fire, please visit both the Caltrans website: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ and the LA County Public Works Website: https:dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/

Angeles National Forest Fire Restrictions:  The Fire Danger today on the Angeles National Forest is EXTREME and Fire Restrictions are now in effect for this Forest.

The following activities are currently prohibited:

1.      Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. 2.      Smoking 3.      Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame 4.      Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except in the authorized public shooting ranges.

Please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/angeles/home and go to “Alerts and Warnings” on the right-hand side of the homepage for this and other Forest Orders.


Air Quality Impacts:  Please visit http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/ for current information.