Fire fighters Inch Closer To Colby Fire Containment

Photo by Patch User Daniel Hayden.
Photo by Patch User Daniel Hayden.
From City News Service

Firefighters worked today to surround the five-day-old, nearly 2,000-acre Colby Fire, which was 84 percent contained or surrounded by midday.
Full containment of the fire in the Angeles National Forest is expected Tuesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Colby Fire affected neighborhoods along the steep mountain slopes on ridges between Glendora and the San Gabriel River Canyon in the Angeles National Forest. It has destroyed five homes, damaged 17 others, and injured six people, including five firefighters and a civilian, forest service spokesman Nathan Judy said.
More than 800 firefighting personnel were deployed to battle the flames today, along with one fixed-wing air tanker and two helicopters, Judy said. The county-leased SuperScooper aircraft were not being deployed today, he said.
Containment lines still have to be established amid the loose rocks to the north and east in the wilderness between Highway 39 and the Glendora Mountain Road, Forest Service officials said.
E.R. Burgess January 21, 2014 at 02:27 AM
Thanks to the brave firefighters!


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