Hazy Days For The High Desert As Brush Fire Continues To Burn In The Angeles National Forest

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley) – A thick layer of smoke continues to drift across the High Desert from the Williams Fire that is burning in the San Gabriel Mountains above Glendora in Los Angeles County.  The smoke has made for some very interesting sunsets over the past few days.  The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an Air Quality Watch for the area.

The fire started Sunday afternoon near Camp Williams Resort and just three miles east of Hwy 39.  Officials said it is burning to the north and east in heavy vegetation and inaccessible, steep, rugged terrain offering few natural barriers or anchor points. Fire crews are working to protect a group of seasonal vacation homes in the Williams Campground area. At this point no structures have been lost in the fire.

7 injuries have been reported since the start of the incident, five of those to firefighters. All appear to be minor. A stranded hiker was airlifted to safety on Monday.

At the last update 3,634 acres had burned and the fire was 24% contained.  Full containment is not expected until at least next Thursday, September 13th because of the steep terrain and inaccessibility of the some of the areas where the blaze is burning.

The fire has been attacked largely from the air because of the terrain. Fire officials said there were about 700 personnel fighting the fire, with six heavy air tankers and eight helicopters, along with 30 engines on the scene, 48 hand crews and two bulldozers.

Evacuations of Camp Williams, East Fork Campground, and San Gabriel Canyon are still in effect. Highway 39 remains closed where rolling rocks are a safety problem.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation. A burned car was found in the area, officials said, but it was unclear whether the car was the source of the fire or had been consumed by the blaze.

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