CALIFORNIA, U.S. – Two wildfires in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa and Duarte continued to burn on June 21.
The fires, dubbed the Reservoir Fire and Fish Fire, have burned about 4,900 acres of the drought-parched San Gabriel Mountains, 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Officials are now referring to the fire as San Gabriel Complex Fire, which forced the evacuation of 770 houses.
More than 1,000firefighters are battling the blazes, which broke out on June 20 as temperatures hit triple digits. For a second day, Las Vegas saw a record temperature of 113 degrees on Tuesday.
The fire is said to have been triggered by a car crash which killed one person.The vehicle plunged to the bottom of a canyon near Morris Reservoir and caught fire, which could have sparked the blaze.
Firefighters managed to keep the fire on the east flank from damaging homes in Duarte.
Officials are now concerned about the west flank because it has a massive amount of fuel.
Both fires began within an hour of each other. Officials are short on resources due to the seven-day-old 8,000-acre Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County and the 7,500-acre Border Fire in San Diego County.
Authorities urged residents of Monrovia and Bradbury to be prepared to flee if the flames got close. About three dozen people spent Monday night at a Red Cross evacuation centre in Duarte.
The evacuation order
In Duarte, the evacuation order includesnorth of Royal Oaks Drive, west of Encanto Parkway, and east of Mount Olive Road.
In Azusa, mandatory evacuations were in effect for areas near Mountain Cove and Rainbow Ranch.
Camp Williams, Heater Flats, Burro Canyon, Crystal Lake, and Cold Brook have also been evacuated.
Drivers have been advised to avoid several roadsthathave been closed due to the fire, including Glendora Mountain Road at Big Dalton Canyon Road, Glendora Ridge Road from Mount Baldy, and Mount Laurel Way at San Gabriel Canyon Road.
People should avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure in areas where there is smoke, the county public health department said.
Meanwhile, to the east, the Cedar Fire charred over 40,000 acres, forcing the authorities to announce emergency in in Navajo County. That blaze was 22 percent contained.
Along the Colorado-Wyoming line, a wildfire in the Routt National Forest burned on Tuesday. The Beaver Creek fire has blackened nearly 800 acres.
The Dog Head Fire in central New Mexico charred 18,000 acres last week.