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January 18, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Kate Mather and Irfan Khan
Residents living in the Mountain Cove community, who were forced to evacuate because of the Colby fire, will be allowed to return to their homes Saturday. A mandatory evacuation will be lifted at 6 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  However San Gabriel Canyon Road, which is located above the community, will remain closed. Officials cautioned returning residents to watch out for rocks falling on the roadway. The Colby fire burning near Glendora and Azusa has grown to more than 1,800 acres, but firefighters were hopeful that winds would remain calm Saturday as humidity levels rise, slowing the fire and allowing some evacuated residents to return home.
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January 17, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
Crews continued to battle the Colby fire burning near Glendora and Azusa on Friday, reporting progress as winds remained calm and more residents were allowed to return home. More than 1,100 firefighters, aided by about a dozen aircraft, worked to build and strengthen containment lines as the blaze grew to about 1,863 acres, up from 1,700 on Thursday. It remained about 30% contained Friday evening. "Things are looking good on the fire," said Mike Wakowski, a commander of a multi-agency incident team.
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January 17, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
Some Azusa residents forced out of their homes by the Colby fire will be allowed to return Friday afternoon, though officials said one community would remain closed off. Azusa police and L.A. County sheriff's officials said residents living north of Sierra Madre Avenue between Yucca Ridge and Ranch Road -- including the Crystal Canyon condo complex and the Mirador housing tract -- would be allowed to return to their homes at 4 p.m. But mandatory...
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November 30, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Azusa police fatally shot a man Friday night after he turned toward officers with a handgun, authorities said. The incident began when officers attempted to stop a suspected drunk driver around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Alosta Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The driver fled from officers, then stopped his vehicle and walked away with a handgun, according to a department news release. The suspect ignored orders from police before turning toward them with the handgun, authorities said.
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November 11, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The knock came on an afternoon in early September 1993, after Billy Watson returned home from the Los Angeles County Fair. "I opened the door and there was a baby in a little carrier on the doorstep," Watson recalls. "It was like something you see in the movies. Then I stepped outside and saw this girl running across the street. It was my daughter. " At first, Watson was mad. He and his wife, Janice, had their hands full with a 3-year-old son, Billy Jr. Now their troubled 15-year-old daughter was leaving them her infant son - their grandson.
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September 28, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The Madre fire, which has burned through 268 acres of brush and chaparral in San Gabriel Canyon, remains 90% contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported on its website Saturday. The fire broke out Monday night north of Azusa and was mostly contained by Friday. At one point this week, more than 500 firefighters were battling the blaze; three suffered injuries. Since then, the number of firefighters working on the fire has been scaled back to 173. Firefighters have had to contend with steep terrain and unforgiving conditions; the National Weather Service issued warnings Saturday about gusty winds across much of Southern California.
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September 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Madre fire burning in the mountains above Azusa is "no risk at this point," according to Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector Keith Mora. As of Friday morning, the fire was 95% contained and firefighters are expecting full containment soon, he added. "They're pretty much done with mop up," Mora said, adding that all crews need to do is ensure the remaining 5% of lines, which are in rocky terrain, are set.  The 268-acre Madre fire started Monday in San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39. Meanwhile, the Sierra fire in Cajon Pass also appears to be nearing its end and is 80% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
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September 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Fire crews appear to have gotten the better of two large brush fires that broke out this week in the Southland: the Madre fire burning in the mountains above Azusa and the Sierra fire smoldering in Cajon Pass. As of early Thursday morning, the Madre fire was 90% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Sierra fire, meanwhile, was 80% contained. The 268-acre Madre fire broke out Monday in San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39 in steep terrain that made it difficult for ground crews to reach.
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September 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Fire officials now believe the Madre fire above Azusa can be contained by Friday morning, thanks to favorable weather conditions and an aggressive aerial assault. Full containment of the fire had been expected for earlier next week. The fire, which started Monday evening in San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39, is now 70% contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It is estimated to have burned 250 acres so far. The aggressive air assault appeared crucial because the area is a maze of steep terrain sometimes difficult for crews to access on foot.
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September 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Firefighters battling the Madre fire in the mountains above Azusa were trying to hold containment lines Wednesday as strong northeasterly winds threatened their progress. The winds "will not help out at all," said U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Bob Brady.  One of the reasons strong winds are a threat is because they could carry sparks and embers a significant distance, Brady said. The fire, which began Monday in San Gabriel Canyon, was 72% contained Wednesday and had consumed 250 acres.
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