Southern California brush fire in San Gabriel Canyon

Map of Williams Fire Sept 2, 2012. MODIS
Williams Fire, Sept 2, 2012
Williams Fire, Sept 2, 2012. Photo by 10 Tanker Air Carrier

The Williams Fire started in San Gabriel Canyon north of Azusa in southern California Sunday afternoon and through the afternoon and evening grew to 3,600 acres. The origin was between Camp Williams and the shooting range along East Fork Road in San Gabriel Canyon about 3.5 miles east of Highway 39. A map showing the location of the Williams fire is below.

Map of Williams Fire Sept 2, 2012. MODIS
Map of Williams Fire. The red circles represent the location of heat detected by a satellite. Sept. 2, 2012. MODIS (click to enlarge)

San Gabriel Canyon, which will be closed on Monday, Labor Day, typically sees over 10,000 visitors on a holiday weekend.

At least 300 personnel are assigned to the fire, as well as 9 air tankers, 4 helicopters, 30 engines, 2 dozers, and 4 hand crews. It is moving north through very steep terrain toward the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area. As of 2 a.m. Monday morning the fire was listed as 5 percent contained.

All of the photos below were taken by the crew on Air Tanker 911, a DC-10 which earlier on Sunday was repositioned from Casper, Wyoming where it had been based while working the fires in Nebraska, to Sacramento. From Sacramento it was dispatched to this fire, and Sunday night was at San Bernardino. The second DC-10, T-910, was recently released from their Call When Needed contract and sent home.

Williams Fire
Williams Fire, Sept 2, 2012. Photo by 10 Tanker Air Carrier
Williams Fire, Sept 2, 2012. Photo by 10 Tanker Air Carrier
Williams Fire, Sept 2, 2012. Photo by 10 Tanker Air Carrier

The LA Times has a nice collection of photos of the fire.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

1 thought on “Southern California brush fire in San Gabriel Canyon”

  1. This meant the thousands of people already camping and also streaming up to Crystal Lake and th North and West Forks had to be evacuated also? and besides those headed to camp or picnic on the East Fork.
    I took a leasurly 6 AM bike ride up to the cogswell dam road at 6AM. There were maybe 4 cars in the parking lot. When I came back at about 8AM to the parking lot at the junction of Noth & East forks of the San Gabriel river (at Hwy 39 & road to cogswell junction).
    The parking lots were all full as well as the side of road parking. And I passed streams of cars coming up.
    Definately a holiday. All these people had to be evacuated in an orderly manner I assume.
    Does this put Baldy areas on the alert also?

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