UPDATED: Fire Erupts at South Hills

Multiple fires ignited at the wooded area Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE 3, 9:29 p.m.: A police helicopter is reportedly using an infrared camera to check for hotspots down at South Hills, police said.

Fire fighters revised their original estimate and reported about eight acres of dry brush burned Saturday afternoon, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

About 100 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze as it snaked its way from west to east. As crews worked to mop up the remnants of the blaze, they originally said a microwave disk on a communication tower had been damaged, but now said this was not the case.

Officials with Verizon were also on scene to assess possible damage to their equipment.

UPDATE 2, 7:20 p.m.: Fire officials reportedly release two of the three helicopters above the scene, keeping one for contingencies.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Officials on the scene reported 16 acres burned in the South Hills fire. A microwave disk on or near one of the towers on top of the hill sustained damage, but how much is unknown at this time.

Crews are all beginning to officially mop up the area. As of 7:01 p.m., a small spot fire erupted at South Hills.

PREVIOUSLY: A brush fire erupted at before 5 p.m., according to officials at the California Highway Patrol.

The fire burned about three to four acres, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The fire was burning uphill from near the Glendora Avenue side of South Hills.

Fire personnel on scene report a microwave dish has sustained damage from the fire, but how extensive is unknown, according to scanner reports.

Scanner reports from officers arriving after the first call indicated multiple ignition spots.

A water tender from Monrovia was also on scene fighting the fire with city crews.

A Sig Alert was issued for the two rights lanes of the Westbound Interstate 210 Freeway at Sunflower. Traffic was backed up to the Interstate 57 Freeway, said Christian Cracraft of the CHP.

As of right now three water-dropping helicopters with Los Angeles County Fire are attacking remaining hot spots.

Officials have not returned calls to Patch. The number of total acres burned is not known at this time. The cause of the fire is also unknown.

This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Christine June 03, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Please dont call the fire department to complain about the helicopters flying over your house when we are trying to put out a fire.....come on...really?
Janelle June 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
No one called them Christine. We all knew what was happening. Where did you get your information ?
Sheryl June 03, 2012 at 06:00 PM
you subhead says, "Multiple fires ignited." Does that mean there was more than one ignition point? Does this imply arson?
Aaron Castrejon June 03, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Sheryl, At the initial report to officers by the Glendora dispatcher, there were around four different spots that were burning. Whether that indicated arson, or embers being carried by the steady winds that afternoon is yet to be determined. I spoke with the nightshift watch commander and they really have no indication what could have caused the fire. The suspicion, Sgt. Matt Williams told me, could have been an object being dragged on the underside of a passing vehicle that caused sparks, igniting the fire, but there's no evidence I was told that supported that.
Ralph Long June 04, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I had a pretty good seat to watch this from the balcony of my house. With binoculars and my scanner I was able see and hear how the public safety professionals in this area handled what could have been a much larger problem. As I watched the helicopters dropping water and listened to how various agencies (including GPD) were being coordinated I felt proud and was most definetly impressed. We live in a great area. The professionals involved seemed well prepared to this situation. To all involved: Great job! And thanks for being there when we needed you.


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