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August 9, 2013
  The Sharp fire in Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood has now covered 100 acres, but firefighters have been able to make some headway as the fireline moves southeast away from the town. The Sharp fire had already doubled in size to 60 acres overnight . There are 380 firefighters assigned to the blaze, which is moving in steep, inaccessible terrain, the Los Angeles Times reported . The fire, first reported about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, prompted officials to issue mandatory evacuation orders for Mojave Scenic and East Canyon drives south from Lone Pine Canyon Road to Buckthorn, Slippery Elm and Mahogany roads.
August 7, 2013
Rescuers found four mountain bikers early on Sunday who became lost in an area of the Angeles National Forest above the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, authorities said. The men, all in their 20s, were found by Montrose Search and Rescue members around 1 a.m. on August 4 near the Paul Little Debris Basin in Arroyo Canyon, according to Sgt. Burton Brink of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. No injuries were reported. They were riding on a trail that was closed after the 2009 Station fire, according to Brink.
By Reg Green | July 9, 2013
Have you noticed that in La Cañada the trees stop where the national forest begins? Look down sometime from the Cherry Canyon trail. Although there is not an empty lot to be seen, trees dominate the entire view. Their variety is equally astonishing even for someone who has never hugged a tree in his life. (Well, hardly ever.) To name a few: the groves of deodars that always put me in mind of the phantom wood in Disney's “Snow White” and, at the other end of the cultural scale, the orderly rows of cedar more suited to classical Rome; the startling splotches of gold and red among the evergreens in the fall and the delicate purple jacaranda in the spring that would be more at home in the tropics than in Granola Park - sorry, Glenola.
July 9, 2013
Ten Years Ago A 2-year-old La Cañada girl was recovering after having been bitten by a rattlesnake in her backyard on a July day in 2003. Twenty Years Ago Thirty-two items including four handguns and several pieces of jewelry, carrying a total estimated value of $31,000, were stolen during the burglary of a Flintridge home. Thirty Years Ago The Horseless Carriage Club of Southern California and the Descanso Gardens Guild joined forces to present Concours Descanso.
July 5, 2013
The driver of a car that plunged some 400 feet off the side of the Angeles Forest Highway Friday morning died while being transported to a local hospital, authorities said. The crash deep inside the Angeles National Forest occurred near mile marker 18.2, a remote area about 30 miles from the intersection of Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales said. According to witnesses, the woman was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed and lost control as she entered a curve on the roadway, California Highway Patrol officer Ming Hsu said.
July 2, 2013
In 2009, when La Cañada Flintridge was on the frontline of the massive Station fire, Eldon Horst, recalled thinking how impossible it would be to clear the brush from a nearby canyon in time. But members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, who were there to assist with the massive inter-agency firefighting effort, did just that. His hillside neighborhood home near Angeles National Forest was saved. Fallen Arizona firefighters: Who they were “Their work saved our neighborhood, possibly our city,” Horst said during a City Council meeting on Monday night.
By Jason Wells and Tiffany Kelly and By Jason Wells and Tiffany Kelly | May 13, 2013
A bear spotted in a La Cañada Flintridge Monday sent swimmers scurrying indoors as it lumbered from yard to yard, apparently seeking a respite from the hot afternoon sun. Using helicopters to track its movements, officials were able to tranquilize the bear shortly after 3:30 p.m., more than an hour after it was first reported near Viro Road and Crown Avenue. PHOTOS: Bear sedated in La Cañada Flintridge Television news footage showed the bear - which officials described as a 1-year-old female - move lazily across the neighborhood, stopping briefly out of sight under trees as officials moved in. At least two swimmers were seen bolting for the house from their pool after the bear popped over their backyard fence.
By Tiffany Kelly, | May 8, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge is heading into fire season under the watchful eye of Los Angeles County Asst. Fire Chief Dean McGuire. McGuire, who worked on the 2009 Station fire, recently began covering the city after serving as battalion chief in the Santa Clarita Valley. He has dealt with several forest fires in his 33 years in the department. Taking a break from a multi-agency training exercise in the Angeles National Forest, he answered questions for the Valley Sun. Have you spent a lot of time in La Cañada?
By Tiffany Kelly, | April 26, 2013
Firefighters and rescuers who patrol the Angeles National Forest respond to hundreds of incidents every year, ranging from cars that fall off the highway to hikers who become lost or injured. On Friday morning, they practiced hoisting victims from a helicopter and up the side of the cliff, techniques that could one day be used to save a life. It was the first day of an annual Los Angeles County training exercise. Montrose Search and Rescue, Altadena Search and Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Los Angeles County Air Operations and the U.S. Forest Service all participated.
April 24, 2013
The Angeles National Forest is raising its fire danger level from moderate to high on Friday because of the virtual abse nce of rain so far this year and forest lands full of tall, dry grasses. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the designation is an effort to raise public awareness about just how vulnerable the forest is to a potentially devastating and fast-spreading wildfire. While the raised fire danger level does not mean new campfire restrictions, Judy said visitors are urged to be especially careful, including making sure that they do not park their vehicles on tall grasses.
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