Angeles National Forest Wildfire burns 4,000 Acres near San Gabriel Valley

Wildfire - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - A wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest started on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at around 5:52 pm. On Labor Day, the fire has burned an estimated 4,000 acres, according to the Angeles National Forest - U.S. Forest Service. The Williams Fire is currently only 5 percent contained and it is traveling north towards the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area.

The Camp Williams structures are threatened from this wildfire. Evacuations have been announced for the entire San Gabriel Canyon, which includes recreation along Highway 39, Crystal Lake, East and West Fork, OHV Area, Camp Williams, Camp Follows, and Oaks picnic area. A holiday weekend such as Labor Day can bring around 10,000 to 12,000 visitors to the San Gabriel Mountains. Due to the wildfire, San Gabriel Canyon will be closed on Labor Day.

There are currently 400 personnel dedicated to putting out this wildfire. The fire service estimates that the Williams Fire will be contained by Monday September 10, 2012 at around 12:00 AM.

The fire started somewhere between Camp Williams and the Shooting Range located near East Fork Road in the San Gabriel Canyon. The fire started about 3 ½ miles on the east side of Highway 39. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Smoke has traveled over the mountains and into the Pinon Hills / Phelan area. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that wildfire smoke can cause eyes to hurt, irritation to the respiratory system, and can make chronic heart and lung diseases worse. Children can also be impacted from smoke exposure. If possible stay indoors and do not open the windows, use the air conditioner with a good filter to help clean the indoor air. If necessary move to an area that is away from the smoke. More information is available at

By: Dave Reddy

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