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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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Ranch2 Fire Update 8/23/2020

Ranch2 Fire Wildfire
News – 8/23/2020

                     RANCH 2 FIRE      

                                   AUGUST 23, 2020

         Angeles National Forest:

         www.fs.usda.gov/angeles

         Facebook: facebook.com/angelesnationalforest

         Twitter: twitter.com/Angeles_NF

Public Information                             

Phone: (747) 322-6643

Incident Website:

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

INCIDENT INFORMATION

Start Date: 08/13/2020                                          Size: 4,237 acres

Location: San Gabriel Canyon (Hwy 39)             Containment: 63%

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

Assigned Resources

Hand Crew: 4                                     Engines: 7                   Dozers: 0         Total Personnel: 412

Helicopters: 3                                      Fixed Wing: 1             Water Tenders: 4

Current Conditions

Overnight, the Ranch 2 Fire continued to be quiet, with no increase in acreage.  The containment percentage has risen to 63 percent, and we expect that to increase again today.  All flanks of the fire appear to remain stable, with spiked crews working the rugged terrain to seek out any isolated areas of heat and extending our firelines.

Today, firefighters are focused on tying in the firebreaks on the western edge.  This flank has been extremely challenging, with the steep terrain and consistent heat from the weather.  The rest of the fire perimeter remains static, although we continue to patrol these areas, and back-haul our equipment and trash from the area.  There are still reports of scattered heat located deep in some drainages, but crews are confident they will not be a threat to the lines and will act on any areas that may become active.  Air operations will transport personnel to key areas and continue to support their operations through resupply, personnel shuttling, and air drops.

Tropical Storm Genevieve, located off the California coast, still has the potential to complicate our efforts on the fireline.  The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood watch for the San Gabriel and High Desert areas.  Although the likelihood of rain in the fire area is only predicted at 10 percent, our crews will need to remain vigilant to any changes.  Heavy debris flows resulting from heavy rain could affect trails on our lines, access roads, and communities near the bottom of the canyon drainages.

Road Closures:   Highway 39 remains closed

  • 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.