LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Williams Fire 2012 (fire map below) is spreading outside of Glendora and Azusa in Southern California today. The Williams Fire 2012 erupted in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California, east of Los Angeles, today September 2, 2012. But the fire is moving aggressively.
Officials have dubbed today’s Glendora / Azusa 2012 fire as the “Williams Fire”. It originated in East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday. Officials tell news that the blaze began at 2:15 pm. But as of 5:10 pm today, the fire has spread to nearly seven hundred acres.
John Wagner, an assistant public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service, tells news that a mobile home park near the blaze has been evacuated. Camp Williams and River Community Rehabilitation Center have also been evacuated.
Residents in Santa Clarita are seeing smoke from the fire. LAFD is assisting the fire fight tonight. Sixty-six personnel are on scene, fifteen engines are present, and at least one helicopter has been dispatched.
Sections of California 39 are closed tonight. Officials report that the fire broke out two miles east of California 39. National Forest staff officer L’Tanga Watson tells news that the fire is zero percent contained.
As many as one thousand forest patrons were evacuated this afternoon. No structures are damaged or threatened. Four water-dropping helicopters and four fixed-wing aircraft are reportedly aiding the firefight as well.