A brush fire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains grew to nearly 100 acres Thursday night as crews worked to contain the blaze.
UPDATE (Friday August 26): East Fire in Angeles National Forest 20% contained
The blaze, dubbed East Fire, was reported around 2:15 p.m. when it had burned about 5 to 7 acres near Glendora Ridge Road and could be seen from highways 210 and 605, according to Dana Dierkes, spokeswoman for the Angeles National. Forest. By 3:30 p.m., the fire had spread to approximately 75 acres.
— Angeles National Forest (@Angeles_NF) August 25, 2022
Glendora Mountain Road from Glendora to East Fork was closed to traffic around 3 p.m., along with Glendora Ridge Road from Mount Baldy to Glendora. Claremont Hills Wilderness Park was also closed due to the proximity of the fire, city officials said.
The plumes of smoke could be seen from nearby towns including Glendora, San Dimas and La Verne.
Due to the proximity of the bush fire burning in the Angeles National Forest, Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will close immediately. If conditions persist, further closures may be required. pic.twitter.com/XPyiYoi1Dp
— City of Claremont California (@CityofClaremont) August 25, 2022
Cal Fire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department were helping Angeles National Forest put out the blaze.
There were no evacuations in effect and no structural damage or injuries were reported Thursday, Dierkes said. The fire was burning towards the desert.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.