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January 30, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than a quarter of an inch of rain was reported in the San Gabriel Mountains as moderate to scant traces of precipitation were recorded Thursday night across the Los Angeles area. Shortly after 9 p.m., 0.31 of an inch of rain had fallen at Morris Dam above Azusa in the San Gabriel Mountains, according to the National Weather Service. At the nearby San Gabriel Dam, 0.12 of an inch of rain had been reported. At the Hollywood Reservoir, 0.04 of an inch of rain had fallen. At Lake Piru in Ventura County, 0.04 of an inch was reported, the Weather Service said.
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April 1, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police were alerting residents in fire-scarred neighborhoods along the San Gabriel Mountains late Tuesday that rain cells expected to hit the area could cause mudslides. Advisories were issued by the Azusa and Glendora police departments for neighborhoods north of Sierra Madre Boulevard where the Colby fire burned nearly 2,000 acres in January. Several storm cells were expected around 1 a.m. Wednesday and could drop 0.25 to 0.50 inches of rain, officials said. The showers could last as long as 30 minutes each.
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April 11, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Political leaders and outdoors enthusiasts expressed dismay Thursday over new details about an Interior Department recommendation for changes in federal management of a popular region of the San Gabriel Mountains. "The proposal raises many questions, and I want answers from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service as to why this hybrid came about," U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) said in an interview. The Interior Department announced Wednesday that it is recommending to Congress that the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service collaborate in the region, which includes a portion of the Angeles National Forest stretching from Sylmar to roughly five miles west of Interstate 15. Under the proposal, the region essentially would remain national forest land managed by the cash-strapped Forest Service.
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March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A storm system was dropping rain across the Central Coast on Monday evening as it headed toward the Los Angeles area, where wet and cooler weather was expected to last for several days, according to forecasters. A band of heavy showers was dropping up to 1/2 inch of rain per hour in San Luis Obispo County and kicking up southerly winds from 30 mph to 40 mph, the National Weather Service said. The front was expected to weaken by the time it blows across the Los Angeles area between 10 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Weather Service said.
NEWS
February 9, 1995
Angeles National Forest officials have issued an avalanche warning for the San Gabriel Mountains, advising visitors in ski and play areas to use extreme care. In the past few weeks, avalanches have occurred throughout the forest because of unusually heavy snow accumulation and changing weather conditions. The biggest threat of avalanche is in areas of steep slopes with an accumulation of heavy, wet snow.
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
September 6, 1993
A U.S. Forest Service intern was shot by an assailant while on patrol in the San Gabriel Mountains, officials said Sunday. Raymon Torres, 22, who teaches fire prevention, heard gunshots coming from a wooded area near a stream by the Mt. Baldy ranger district Saturday afternoon. When he got out of his truck to investigate, he was shot in the right side of his back, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. Torres did not see the person who shot him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1992
A woman was shot in the leg by an arrow while she and a friend were sitting along a creek in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains above San Dimas, authorities said Friday. Two men were seen fleeing in a small red pickup truck immediately after the incident Thursday afternoon near San Dimas Canyon Road near the boundary of Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.
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December 11, 1993
More than 36 miles of recreational trails and about 27 miles of dirt roads were badly damaged by the October fires in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena and Altadena and are closed to the public. Although some trails may seem passable, U.S. Forest Service officials say that hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians who traverse these trails are putting themselves at risk because of possible landslides on the denuded slopes.
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July 31, 1993
A 17-year-old girl described as an inexperienced swimmer became trapped under a rock below Morris Dam and drowned in the San Gabriel River on Friday afternoon, Azusa police said. Identification of the victim was not released pending notification of the girl's relatives. Friends and witnesses tried to free her but were unable to, said Police Sgt. Pat Doyle, adding that she was underwater for 45 minutes.
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March 30, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
The Puente Hills fault, which scientists believe could be responsible for Friday's 5.1 earthquake in La Habra, is considered very dangerous. Here are some basic questions about the fault. Q: What would be the difference in shaking between a 5.1 quake and a truly huge quake? Friday night's earthquake was caused by the underground fault slipping for half a second, said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones, prompting about 10 seconds of shaking at the surface. But a 7.5 quake on the Puente Hills fault could cause the fault to slip for 20 seconds - and the shaking could last far longer.
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March 29, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
The magnitude-5.1 earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday was a 10-second reminder of a fault that seismologists believe can produce a catastrophic disaster. The Puente Hills thrust fault is so dangerous because of its location, running from the suburbs of northern Orange County, though the San Gabriel Valley and under the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles before ending in Hollywood. Experts say a major 7.5-magnitude earthquake on the fault could do more damage to the heart of Los Angeles than the dreaded Big One on the San Andreas fault, which is located on the outskirts of metropolitan Southern California.
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March 29, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday was a 10-second reminder of a fault that seismologists believe can produce a catastrophic disaster. The Puente Hills thrust fault is so dangerous because of its location, running from the suburbs of northern Orange County, through the San Gabriel Valley and under the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles before ending in Hollywood. Experts say a major, magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the fault could do more damage to the heart of Los Angeles than the dreaded Big One on the San Andreas fault, which is on the outskirts of metropolitan Southern California.
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March 4, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The storms that doused Los Angeles County over the weekend filled reservoirs in the San Gabriel Mountains with some 6 billion gallons of water, enough to supply more than 150,000 people for a year. The twin storms left more than 11 inches of rain in some higher elevations. The rainfall from the storms was enough to substantially fill some dams that were at minimum levels, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, which operates 14 dams and debris basins in local ranges.
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March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
As mud and debris cleanup continued Monday in many parts of Los Angeles County, meteorologists said the area registered only enough rain to make a "small dent in our rainfall deficit. " From Wednesday through Monday morning, downtown L.A. registered 4.52 inches of rain, bringing the total rain since July 1 to 5.72 inches. Although the rainfall was significant, David Sweet of the National Weather Service said the normal amount this time of year is 11.46 inches. It would take several of these types of storms to bring rainfall for the season to normal levels, Sweet said.
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March 2, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in two foothill communities threatened by mudslides below wildfire-ravaged areas. Glendora residents were allowed to return home Sunday when an evacuation order was lifted at 6 a.m. The 2,000-acre Colby fire in the San Gabriel Mountains in January left some neighborhoods vulnerable to flooding and mudslides. Rain-related parking restrictions were still in effect, and residents were directed to move vehicles, trash bins and other obstructions from the streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1992
A conservation group has purchased options to buy 2,700 acres of private land for the Angeles National Forest, but some environmental advocates have attacked the effort, saying the group is helping create a huge trash dump in Elsmere Canyon east of Santa Clarita. Acting for the U.S.
TRAVEL
January 30, 1994 | JOHN McKINNEY
A splendid view of high mountain summits and the wide Los Angeles basin is a hiker's reward for climbing to the top of the San Gabriel Mountains' namesake peak. Pyramid-shaped San Gabriel Peak, at the crest of the front range high above Altadena, offers a 360-degree view of basin and range. Because of earthquake damage to Interstate 5 and California 14, many commuters are now using Angeles Crest Highway (California 2), which passes near the peaks. San Gabriel Peak Trail was not damaged by the 6.
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March 2, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Mandatory evacuations were lifted for Ridge View Drive in Azusa shortly before noon Sunday, authorities said. “City crews have been working diligently at removing the debris and mud which flowed onto Ridge View Drive,” according to a statement from the Azusa Police Department. “They will continue to work aggressively at returning the neighborhood to its normal condition.” On Saturday morning, a wave of mud from an unstable hillside surged over a retaining wall and buried the backyard of one house on Ridge View Drive while sending a river of mud and debris flowing down the street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, Laura J. Nelson and Jean Merl
The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions. "This is no drought-buster, but it's a nice, fat down payment" in the water bank, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Patzert said the latest storm, the largest since December 2010, helped put an end to an unusually long wildfire season and to ease the three-year drought conditions plaguing the state.
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