Update: Firefighters Battle Glendora Brush Fire Off of 210 Freeway, Suspect Arrested

The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon off of the westbound 210 Freeway in Glendora.

Los Angeles County fire crews battled a roughly 1-acre brush fire alongside the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway at Bonnie Cove in Glendora Wednesday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Mark Smith.
Los Angeles County fire crews battled a roughly 1-acre brush fire alongside the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway at Bonnie Cove in Glendora Wednesday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Mark Smith.
A suspect has been arrested following a second brush fire that burned near a previous blaze alongside the westbound 210 Freeway at Bonnie Cove and Grand in Glendora Wednesday.

Glendora Police arrested transient Jeff Skelley, 31, before 1 a.m. Thursday after officers noticed him acting suspiciously and running through yards. Skelley, who police say was living in an encampment near where the fire started about 300 yards away from the Wednesday evening blaze, was charged with recklessly starting a fire. 

He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.


Los Angeles County fire crews battled a roughly 1-acre brush fire alongside the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway at Bonnie Cove in Glendora Wednesday afternoon. 

The fire was reported sometime before 5 p.m. According to Los Angeles County Fire, the fire was estimated as a 40 X40 spot running uphill in light to medium brush. 

Glendora Police advised motorists to avoid Bonnie Cove and Gladstone. They are not reporting any evacuations at this time.

By 6 p.m., Los Angeles County fire crews knocked down the active flames.

Check back for more updates. 

- City News Service and Hazel Lodevico-To'o contributed to this report.
Jay October 03, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Am I the only who see's a trend here with the transient population. A friend of mine works for LASD and he says that The city of LA is giving train tickets to the homeless to come out this way.. Every where I look in Glendora there are more and more homeless. What will the GPD do to get ride of them? Or am I wrong and it's always been like this?
Liz October 03, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Monrovia is having a large influx also.
Larry S October 03, 2013 at 11:14 AM
In a cognizant and functional society many of these transients would be properly identified as having mental handicaps and would be properly housed in a facility that would meet their needs and they would, therefore, not be a threat to any community. But instead, the population prefers to take a condemning and punitive approach....which they always have....and guess what? The situation isn't improving!
Jay October 03, 2013 at 11:18 AM
I'm all for getting them help but with a double murder and two fires this year in Glendora in all for getting them that help now! And let's start by helping out of our community....
Larry S October 03, 2013 at 11:36 AM
If transients had been given help last year...the kind they needed, there may never have been a double murder and two fires this year.
Jay October 03, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Agreed, but what's going to happen? Nothing and everyone can jump in this thread and give great points on how to fix it but the only thing that IS happening is more crime. So let's stop with the "in a perfect world" nonsense...
Stella October 03, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Well, well, well…Somehow “I told you so” just doesn’t quite say it. This guy JS recently lived in the backyard of his grandmother’s house for the past 4 years in our neighborhood. He was not some poor homeless guy down on his luck. Let me be perfectly clear here. We’re not talking about law-abiding people who have lost their jobs and homes and now find them selves living on the street in this tough economy. You feel for those people and many of us are just one pink slip away from those same struggles. No, this guy was a meth-head whose brain had been so fried from drug use that he was always screaming and yelling in the back yard. The police were over there having to deal with him and his friends several times a month and that’s no exaggeration. The FIRE DEPARTMENT was called out on at 2 occasions. Guess what for?? To put out large bond fires that he started in the back yard to keep him and his meth buddies warm. I remember once having to call myself and the dispatcher said, “Sir, some fires are permissible in the back the yard” I said not this one! You better send the trucks now before this idiot burns down the whole neighborhood, LOL. I’ve got the police reports to show for it too; heck I got a whole file on this guy. Earlier this year the grand mother fell and broke her hip. The family thankfully sold the house and JS was forced to finally leave in June. I always told the Glendora Police Officers, some who after 4 years I got to know on a first name basis, that this guy was bad news and that things wouldn’t end well for him. Here’s the deal. Those of you who have mentioned this are correct. There are more homeless people wondering the streets of Glendora. However, again this isn’t specifically the big problem. A Glendora Police Officer, who was very helpful to me in dealing with this situation over the past several years told me: “Historically, Glendora has been easy on the homeless population”. I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of that stance. However, he said because of that stance a new and more dangerous population has moved into the area. It’s these drug addicts, 20-50 year olds whose teeth have been destroyed from the drug use. You see them riding their bikes, cruising parking lots looking to smash and grab cars for drug money. This is becoming a huge problem for the city and a much more aggressive stance must be taken to rid the city of it. The City of Glendora needs to address this issue and the Police Department needs to be given the freedom to implement a tougher policy on this specific population. I’m not talking about trampling on anyone’s civil rights, but there is plenty of gray area to make life uncomfortable enough for them to leave. San Dimas has the LA County Sheriffs and I can tell you from a friend who has owned a business in both Glendora and San Dimas that there is a difference in how this is dealt with there. The Patch article said he was living in an “encampment”, which was the next place, he went to become someone else’s problem. This time he wasn’t just my neighborhoods problem; he became Glendora’s problem. All I can say is thank God no one was killed, this should have never happened. I saw the planes and helicopters yesterday and when my wife woke me up this morning and said “guess who started the fire yesterday”? Let’s just say I got it right on my first guess. What an absolute waste of money and resources. Like I said somehow “I told you so” just doesn’t quite say it.
Dan Crandell October 03, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Stella ... "Sir" ... I'm Just curious ... Is Stella your wife? Seems that brain damaged people are always out there looking for adventure and something to do. We can be relieved that Skelley is, for now, off the streets. BTW ... The RED FLAGS are flying this weekend. Hopefully he won't bail out. Have mercy!!!!!
Stella October 03, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Dan, Stella was the last name of my best friend in grade school. I kept my exact location and name anonymous for reasons of personal safety. I'm in fact male. Yes it would be extremely scary, but not surprising if he got out. He's been arrested and got out before.
Terry October 03, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Jay, I kind of doubt that homeless people would voluntarily leave the City of LA on at train to live here. There are very few reasons for homeless people to choose Glendora, Monrovia, San Dimas or where else around here over the City of LA because LA has much more comprehensive homeless services and facilities. There's a reason why Skid Row in Downtown LA exists--it's to concentrate LA's homeless population in a manageable area various organizations can serve them better and more efficiently. Most of the new homeless people around here probably came east from San Bernardino and surrounding areas, where the economy has collapsed and drug (meth) use is more prevalent.
Danlp October 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Stella. What a great letter. Finally someone with a firm grasp on reality in this town. As I've said before, shut down that RECYCLING CENTER as a first step in reducing the transients in town. ( Grand & 66). I'm guessing the word on the street among the homeless is " yeah man, get off on Grand ave. and go North a mile to the Ralph's. Behind it is a recycling center. People can hook you up from there". I see new faces roaming the streets weekly. I hope the new folks that are investing in the future business to be built on the corner are aware of what they are building next to. Knowing what I do about the area I would pass but good luck to them.
Tina October 03, 2013 at 08:57 PM
yep that wonderful recycling center....more and more and more. Yes they prob do have specific directions for everyone to get there. You get to kick back on the lawns, drink and urinate all in public.


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