Angeles National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
701 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
RANCH 2 FIRE
AUGUST 22, 2020
Angeles National Forest:
Phone: (747) 322-6643
Start Date: 08/13/2020 Size: 4,237 acres
Location: San Gabriel Canyon (Hwy 39) Containment: 49%
North of Azusa, Los Angeles County, CA Cause: Human-Caused, Suspected Arson
Hand Crew: 10 Engines: 8 Dozers: 2 Total Personnel: 427
Helicopters: 5 Fixed Wing: 0 Water Tenders: 4
The Ranch 2 Fire remained quiet last night with only a few glows in the western portion of the fire. Those crews are continuing to mop-up while they reinforce and strengthen containment lines as the humidity rises in the area. The fire perimeter is stable and there has been no growth in the last few days. Crews assigned to the southern and eastern flanks are continuing their patrols and are monitoring those areas. Crews working in the north continue to mop up and are backhauling hose, equipment and trash they come across. On the western flank, firefighting crews have worked hard in rugged and steep terrain and have strengthened the line. Since these firefighters have done great work and improved the line, some crews have been released and have been reassigned to fires burning elsewhere. There have been eight cases of heat related injuries and approximately ten cases of poison oak affecting the firefighters. All of these firefighters have been treated and most have returned to work. Only a few were hospitalized but all have been released.
As we transition from eight days of intense and excessive heat, the weather is quickly changing as a Flash Flood Warning has been issued from 11am to 9pm today. Moisture and instability associated with dissipated tropical storm Genevieve will bring the potential for widespread showers and thunderstorms today. These tropical thunderstorms could trigger flash flooding and mud and debris flows in the burn areas, onto Highway 39 and into the Mountain Cove community. The incident meteorologist will be closely tracking radar and satellite reports and any updates from the National Weather Service. Helicopters from this fire and the Lake Fire are ready to evacuate the crews off the fire line if Flash Flooding materializes. In the meantime, personnel will continue working, reinforcing fire-lines and mitigating any hot spots near the perimeter. Fire crews are backhauling hose, equipment and trash off the lines. Over the last eight days, air operations have been extremely valuable to accomplishment all their missions while they continue to drop water, provide resupply, remove firefighters exposed to heat and poison oak and provide backhaul and mop-up support in all divisions.
Temperatures in the area will remain higher than average, but unstable weather will bring much higher humidity. All crews have been briefed on the weather change and the potential for flash flooding which can cause mud and debris flows.
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:
Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame
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.