An 89-square-mile fruit fly quarantine that includes portions of La Cañada Flintridge will remain in effect for at least seven months, according to officials at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The quarantine was implemented on Aug. 10 after Oriental fruit flies, an invasive species, were detected in the San Gabriel Valley. It is bordered Figueroa Street, Interstate 10, the Big Santa Anita Wash the San Gabriel Mountains. Affected Flintridge residents include those east of Chevy Chase Drive and south of Highland Drive. A map can be seen at http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/PE/InteriorExclusion/off_quarantine.html.
"If the Oriental fruit fly was somehow able to become established, it would pose a risk to 230 different types of fruits and vegetables," said CDFA spokesman Steve Lyle.