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Fire Breaks Out In Angeles National Forest, Pasadena Fire Dept. Water Tender En Route

Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 5:38 am
A Pasadena Fire Department water tender similar to the one shown above has been dispatched to a fire that erupted in the Angeles National Forest on Monday, April 5, 2021. (Map courtesy CalFire; file photo by James Macpherson for Pasadena Now)

An aggressive brush fire that scorched wildland in the remote Angeles National Forest south of Llano, near the Valyermo area, and prompted a massive response from federal, state and Los Angeles County fire crews, was holding Tuesday morning at 60 acres burned.

Pasadena Water Tender 34 was requested by Angeles National Forest Emergency Communications Center on an Immediate Need basis and was en route to staging at the Valyermo Station Tuesday morning, according to Pasadena Fire Dept. spokesperson Lisa Derderian. The tender was manned by two Pasadena firefighters.

Fire teams were first dispatched to the area of Big Pines Highway and Big Rock Creek Road at about 4:05 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire quickly blackened 50 acres in the dense forest, fanned by winds traveling at about 20 to 30 mph, according to the U.S. Forest Service, which added that winds in the area had diminished about 10 p.m. and multiple fire engines and hand crews remained on scene.

Several Cal Fire tankers were called in on Monday to combat the blaze and were credited by the Forest Service with limiting the fire’s spread.

Some structures, including a fire training camp on Big Rock Road, were threatened by the fire, which was being pushed in an eastern direction, generally toward the San Bernardino County community of Wrightwood.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries, and a cause of the fire was unknown.

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