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November 19, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Firefighters on Saturday were battling a 75-acre blaze in a remote part of San Gabriel Canyon. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, said Dee Dechert, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The fire, southwest of the Bridge to Nowhere, began shortly after 2 p.m. The cause was unknown. "Right now there is no containment and no estimated time of containment," Dechert said. Winds were calm Saturday night but could pick up today.
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1997
With firefighters expecting to extinguish a canyon fire above Azusa in the Angeles National Forest later today, officials have reopened an important access road to the forest. The blaze, which continues to smolder in the remote reaches of the San Gabriel Canyon area, has been surrounded after burning 4,075 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said. San Gabriel Canyon Road, a key forest corridor closed from Sierra Madre Boulevard to East Fork Road since the fire broke out, reopened late Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
February 17, 1985 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
Authorities will limit the number of vehicles permitted in the off-road area of San Gabriel Canyon above Azusa and will charge a fee on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays starting March 16. The revenue will pay for increased patrol, new restrooms, signs and other improvements. Bill Woodland, recreation resource officer for the Mt. Baldy District of the Angeles National Forest, said fees will be collected at the Forest Service information booth on Highway 39 at the entrance to San Gabriel Canyon.
NEWS
September 10, 1992
Organizers of a litter cleanup in San Gabriel Canyon in the Angeles National Forest are looking for volunteers to work Saturday. Registration for the project--sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commission and the Hughes Fullerton Employees Assn. Ecology Club--is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Rincon Fire Station on California 39, about 10 miles north of Azusa.
NEWS
July 30, 1989 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
The picnicker in the low-hanging Hawaiian shorts was dumbfounded. "I didn't know there was a law against cutting down a little tree," he said. "How're you going to have fun if you can't get any sunlight in there?" "This is a National Forest," Forest Service Officer Larry Brown responded tersely. "You can't do that." A bystander had spotted the man flailing with a machete at some alder trees along the stream bed of the San Gabriel River.
NEWS
June 23, 1994 | DEBORAH SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last year, Donna Thompson found a dinette set during the annual Operation Supersweep in San Gabriel Canyon. The year before that, Marie Lopez stumbled upon a bag of hypodermic needles. This year the pickup yielded more routine refuse: three tons of bottle caps, food wrappers, beer cartons and used diapers, all artifacts of the canyon's 3 million annual visitors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1989
The Angeles National Forest will be the beneficiary of a $45,000 grant to remove graffiti and litter from areas such as San Gabriel Canyon, which has been hit hard in recent years, a park official announced Wednesday. The U.S. Forest Service grant must be matched with local contributions of volunteer time and private contributions, said Janice Gordon, assistant recreation officer for the Mt. Baldy Ranger District.
NEWS
May 14, 1987
More than 1,000 volunteers will pick up litter in San Gabriel Canyon on May 30 in a program sponsored by the county and the Hughes Fullerton Employees Assn. Ecology Club, according to Supervisor Pete Schabarum. The cleanup, called Super Sweep 1987, will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Rincon Fire Station on Highway 39, about nine miles north of Azusa. The effort will continue until 1 p.m. Participants will receive free T-shirts and refreshments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Containment of the Madre fire in the mountains near Azusa jumped significantly Tuesday, increasing to 30% from 5% as air tankers continued to make drops every few minutes. "Things are going real well," said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Keith Mora. "We have a really aggressive attack going on in the air right now. " Mora said the blaze has now consumed 250 acres, up from 200 earlier Tuesday, and that no homes were threatened and no one had been injured. PHOTOS: Crews battle Madre fire in Azusa The Madre fire began Monday about 6 p.m. in San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
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September 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Officials are expected to start up an air attack on a brush fire that broke out in the mountains above Azusa on Monday and grew to 200 acres overnight, threatening about two dozen homes. The Madre fire started about 6 p.m. Monday on the north side of California 39 in San Gabriel Canyon, the U.S. Forest Service said.  Unstable winds that would not stop shifting were the first obstacles firefighters had to negotiate, but those died down about two hours after the blaze began. Steep terrain was the next obstacle, and helicopters dropped firefighters behind the blaze to cut lines and keep the flames from advancing too quickly, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Keith Mora.
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September 3, 2012 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Fire crews were battling a 4,000-acre brush fire Monday morning in rugged terrain in the Angeles National Forest as the blaze forced officials to shut down the popular San Gabriel Canyon to Labor Dayvisitors. The Williams fire was just 5% contained as hundreds of firefighters from several agencies were trying to stop the forward progress of the flames, which sent a towering plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. Flames Monday morning were threatening mobile homes and other structures at the Camp Williams resort on the east fork of the San Gabriel River, the U.S. Forest Service said.
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December 16, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
San Gabriel Dam operator Herbert Romero led 16 engineers clad in hard hats and yellow vests down a long flight of metal stairs on Wednesday to a cast-iron wheel on a ledge overlooking a stream bed a few miles above Azusa. At 9 a.m., Romero turned the wheel, opening one of the earth-and-rock dam's two 123-inch-diameter valves. The ground rumbled and water blasted forth with a roar in a horizontal stream more than 200 feet long, as if from a mammoth rocket engine. The biannual release of water at a rate of up to 3,800 cubic feet a second was needed to ensure that the dam, as high as a 25-story building, would be able to control floods out of the San Gabriel Canyon's 200-square-mile watershed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2009 | Richard Winton
A 13-year-old boy started the Morris fire, which broke out above Azusa and burned 2,100 acres last month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. The district attorney's office has not decided whether to charge the youth, who was not identified. Details of how the fire started were not immediately clear, but the Sheriff's Department described the boy as being "primarily responsible for igniting the fire." The blaze broke out in San Gabriel Canyon on Aug. 25, the day before the deadly and much larger Station fire was sparked to the west.
MAGAZINE
April 14, 1991 | Mark Ehrman, Edited by Mary McNamara
Deep within San Gabriel Canyon lies a peculiar landmark, accessible only to the stout of heart. Five miles from the nearest road stands the Bridge to Nowhere, a 55-year-old, 150-foot-long monument to the power of nature. The Narrows Bridge, its official name, arches about 250 feet above the spectacular gorge--Southern California's deepest--for which it was named, the crowning jewel in L.A. County's grandiose plan to build a scenic highway up the east fork of San Gabriel Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Firefighters on Saturday were battling a 75-acre blaze in a remote part of San Gabriel Canyon. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, said Dee Dechert, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman. The fire, southwest of the Bridge to Nowhere, began shortly after 2 p.m. The cause was unknown. "Right now there is no containment and no estimated time of containment," Dechert said. Winds were calm Saturday night but could pick up today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1997
With firefighters expecting to extinguish a canyon fire above Azusa in the Angeles National Forest later today, officials have reopened an important access road to the forest. The blaze, which continues to smolder in the remote reaches of the San Gabriel Canyon area, has been surrounded after burning 4,075 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said. San Gabriel Canyon Road, a key forest corridor closed from Sierra Madre Boulevard to East Fork Road since the fire broke out, reopened late Sunday night.
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