Friday Morning Update on Brush Fire at Morris Dam, North of Glendora

The DamFire was called into the fire department at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Originally posted July 30 at 3:43 p.m. / Updated July 31 at 9:54 a.m.

A 125-acre brush fire was burning north of Glendora, off Highway 39, Thursday as temperatures raced into triple digits.

Air Tankers with Phos-Chek as well as helicopters with water were making drops for several hours into late afternoon.

Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

The Los Angeles County Fire Department reported the blaze was burning at 9501 San Gabriel Road near Morris Dam at about 2 p.m.

The fire, dubbed the Dam Fire, ran uphill in heavy brush. However firefighters in the Irwindale/ Duarte checkpoint told Beacon Media that fixed wing aircraft and helicopters got to the relatively small fire fast and that the conditions were much better as the fire would “burn itself out” uphill.

Air attack. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Highway 39 was closed to traffic.

No homes were at risk. A heat advisory and an excessive heat warning started at 11 a.m. and will last through the weekend.

Update as of July 31 at 9:54 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LAFD) now reports that the Dam Fire stands at 217 acres with 40% containment. LAFD continues to provide support, including four camp crews, paramedics and command staff.

Highway 39 remains closed at Old San Gabriel Canyon Road. East Fork Road is also closed.


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