The Federal Aviation Administration was enforcing a temporary ban on the flying of drones in a fire area Tuesday as firefighters continued to gain the upper hand on a blaze on the upper slopes of San Gabriel Canyon in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora.
The FAA issued what it called a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the fire, with the operators of any private aircraft or drone that breached it liable for serious charges.
The Cabin Fire was about 85 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported Monday. It has consumed 1,723 acres, the forest service said.
Firefighters expect to get a containment line all around the smoldering fire on Thursday, Wagner said.
Firefighters from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties were among those assisting Angeles National Forest crews.
Ten firefighters suffered minor heat-related injuries battling the blaze, which has destroyed four recreational cabins and one outhouse since Friday afternoon, according to John Wagner of the USFS.
Glendora Police sent an alert to residents about the fire, but said the blaze appeared to be too far from the city to present any immediate danger. Azusa Police were also monitoring the fire, but no evacuations has been ordered in either city.
The fire broke out in medium to heavy brush after 1 p.m. Friday off Highway 39 near Rincon Red Box Road, according to the USFS. The cause is under investigation.
Within 30 minutes of ignition, the flames had spread to a cabin nestled in the woods and quickly engulfed the structure. The fast-moving fire also jumped the dead-end San Gabriel Canyon Road, Highway 39, as it pushed its way into the forest.
Highway 39 was closed above East Fork Road and mandatory evacuation orders were issued.
About 40 people were evacuated from the Crystal Lake campground, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory said. The Coldbrook campground also was evacuated, but it was unclear how many people were displaced.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory, warning that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in smoke-impacted areas in the mountains and downwind of the fire.
People in affected areas were being advised to avoid vigorous outdoor activity, and people with respiratory or heart disease should remain indoors, as should children and older adults, according to the AQMD.
—City News Service