San Gabriel Complex Fire Mostly Contained

As the Independence Day holiday approaching, authorities wish to remind the public that the use of fireworks (including so called “safe and sane” fireworks) are illegal in the area.

San Gabriel Complex Fire

San Gabriel Complex Fire

Two fires that have charred over 5,000 acres in the San Gabriel Valley are almost completely extinguished, according to forest officials.

The first fire broke out after 11 a.m. on Monday, June 20 off Highway 39, just north of Azusa, near the Morris Reservoir dam. According to the California Highway Patrol, the fire was started when a vehicle ran off Highway 39 a short distance from the reservoir. One person was killed in that crash.

Approximately, 90 minutes later, another fire broke out about four miles away near the Duarte/Azusa border. Together the two separate fires were designated as the San Gabriel Complex Fire.

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At its peak, over 1,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes as a result of the San Gabriel Complex Fire. At one time, over 500 firefighters were employed to control the flames. Approximately 5,400 acres of land were impacted, with the largest area of destruction occurring at the second fire.

As the Independence Day holiday approaching, authorities wish to remind the public that the use of fireworks (including so called “safe and sane” fireworks) are illegal in the area. The use of drones is also prohibited.

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