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December 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The four mountain bikers who went missing Sunday in Angeles National Forest have been found alive, authorities said. The cyclists were spotted in the Bear Canyon area by a search helicopter "lost but not injured," said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Angela Shepherd. "The airship spotted them ... they're on their way to get them out now," she added. The cyclists, who were not immediately identified, were reported missing Sunday after they were late returning from a bike ride. Search-and-rescue teams, aided by a helicopter, had searched for the men until about 4 a.m. Monday.
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December 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Homicide detectives plan to return to a section of the Angeles National Forest in Altadena on Thursday to investigate human remains found there earlier this week. The remains were found Wednesday about 12:25 p.m. in the 3900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, which is the northern part of Altadena within the boundaries of the Angeles National Forest, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Detectives had to abandon their investigation Wednesday due to the tough terrain, darkness and weather concerns.
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November 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A college student died Monday after jumping from rocks into a pool of water in the Angeles National Forest during a recreational outing with about a dozen other students, authorities said. The group of 13 college students was hiking near Hermit Flats when some of them decided to jump off the rocks. After five people had already jumped, the victim took his turn. "After the victim jumped, he appeared on the surface but appeared to be unconscious," according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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September 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Voluntary evacuation orders were issued for residents of several homes in the San Gabriel Canyon in Azusa as firefighters continued to battle a brush fire that had scorched at least 40 acres. The evacuation order came after 7 p.m. for the homes on Foxtail Court, which is part of a housing development on the north side of California 39, the Azusa Police Department said. The highway was closed north of Foothill Boulevard to allow fire engines and other emergency vehicles to access the brush fire area, according to police.
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September 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire in Azusa grew Monday night to 190 acres as flames chewed up pockets of unburned vegetation along the flanks of the blaze, officials said. The U.S. Forest Service had said the blaze was holding at about 50 acres, but aerial mapping completed late Monday showed that it had grown to 190 acres, said Nathan Judy, spokesman for the Angeles National Forest. "We're still making progress," he told The Times.  But the blaze, he added, "is going to go through the night.
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September 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters were being aided Monday night by light winds and repeated helicopter assaults as they made progress battling a brush fire above Azusa. The blaze was holding at about 50 acres after breaking out Monday evening on the north side of California 39 in San Gabriel Canyon, the U.S. Forest Service said. The fire was 5% contained. A Forest Service helicopter and another one from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were making repeated drops on the fire as crews on the ground cut containment lines and knocked down hot spots, fire officials said.
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August 26, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A 56-year-old Los Angeles man was found dead near Inspiration Point in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday afternoon after another hiker passing by spotted his body in a ravine, authorities said. Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Air Rescue 5 unit located the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene before being airlifted to Farnsworth Park in Altadena. A preliminary coroner's examination determined that the man died from trauma sustained during a fall from a steep trail.
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August 12, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Joseph Serna
A wildfire that's burned about 30 square miles in Riverside County is expected to be fully contained Monday, officials said. The Silver fire, which has destroyed 26 homes, injured 11 firefighters and scorched through 20,292 acres in the San Jacinto Mountains is 90% contained, officials said. The blaze began on Wednesday. One person suffered serious burn injuries in the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation. Assuming there are no dramatic changes in weather conditions, fire officials expect to have the blaze fully contained -- meaning a break line around the entire fire -- by Monday, said Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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August 10, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The Sharp fire in Angeles National Forest has grown to 150 acres, but firefighters, aided now by five water-dropping helicopters, have been able to increase containment to 40%. Two firefighters, meanwhile, were treated at a local hospital after one suffered a back injury and the other a heat-related ailment, said Ryan Carey, an information specialist for Angeles National Forest. The extent of their injuries could not immediately be determined. As of Saturday morning, 576 fire personnel were assigned to fight the blaze as it continued to move south away from the town of Wrightwood, where mandatory evacuation orders remained in place, Carey said.
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August 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Emily Foxhall
The Sharp fire in Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood has now covered 100 acres, but firefighters have been able to make some headway as the fireline moves southeast away from the town. The Sharp fire had already doubled in size to 60 acres overnight. There are 380 firefighters assigned to the blaze, which is moving in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire, first reported about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, prompted officials to issue mandatory evacuation orders for Mojave Scenic and East Canyon drives south from Lone Pine Canyon Road to Buckthorn, Slippery Elm and Mahogany roads.  “It's pushing away from the town, for now,” said Ryan Carey, an information specialist for Angeles National Forest.
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