Okay, it’s actually called the “Dam Fire.” And while wildfires are NEVER a laughing matter, the names they give some of them are kind of silly. (In case you didn’t know, most wildfires are named after their origin point – in this instance, that’d be near Morris Dam, San Gabriel Canyon).
Right now, the fire is 40% contained, and there are 257 personnel engaged in putting it out.
According to Inciweb, the combination of hot temperatures, low relative humidities, locally gusty winds, and drying fuels will bring elevated fire weather conditions to the Dam Fire burn area today.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered north of Morris Dam all the way to Crystal Lake – mostly recreation areas in the forest, as there’s not really any developed residential area there.
State Route 39 and Azusa at Old San Gabriel Canyon Road has been closed.
We’re in Wildfire Season here in Southern California – and Peak widlfire Season is right around the corner (peak season usually starts August through October). Are we on “FireWatch: 2020” yet? Probably not; we’ve been pre-empted by the Covid mediademic this year. Angeles National Forest is currently under “Very High” fire restriction, and campfires are not allowed outside developed recreation sites. Even using a campfire stove requires a Campfire Permit.
From the U.S. Forest Service service website:
“The Angeles National Forest is a unique area nestled in the midst of an ever-changing and growing population in the Los Angeles area. The Forest is one of the few remaining open space areas in Southern California. The forest is an important part of the overall health and well being of the area population. It provides open space, solitude from the everyday stress of modern living, a place to conduct research, a haven for wildlife, and offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities.
The forest hosts visitors from around the world and provides a scenic backdrop for the larger Los Angeles population. We invite you to visit the forest, become a volunteer, and join the Forest Service in preserving this wonderful area for future generations!”
You can find out more about the Angeles National Forest HERE.
My thoughts and prayers are with the personnel fighting this fire, and I hope for a speedy and injury-free resolution.