Orange skies and thick air are blanketing the Santa Clarita Valley, but there are currently no fires burning in the immediate area.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a State of Emergency in Los Angeles and Monterey Counties because of wildfires that have consumed thousands of acres and threatened hundreds of homes. The designation qualifies those affected by the fires for federal emergency assistance.
Lt. Mark Hershey from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station told KHTS that four deputies from the local station have been sent to the Crescenta Valley station to help with traffic control in the area of the Station Fire.
UPDATE: The William S. Hart District has cancelled all outdoor activities and after school athletic practices due to the air quality.
Here are the latest updates on the two fires affecting the air above the Santa Clarita Valley:
The Station Fire
Started Wednesday Aug 26 at approximately 3:30 p.m. has now burned 1,200 acres near La Canada-Flintridge.
Angeles Crest Highway (Highway 2) is closed from the Angeles National Forest boundary past Clear Creek.
An evacuation center has been established at La Canada High School, 4463 Oak Grove Drive in La Canada.
Nearly 600 personnel are on the fire and containment is estimated at midnight September. The fire is burning in oak trees, chaparral and mixed brush.
Mandatory evacuation are imposed on nearly 900 homes north of Vista del Valle Road, East of La Canada Blvd., extending into La Canada Country Club area.
Right now, 628 homes are threatened, along with two commercial properties and 31 other structures.
Temperatures are in the 80s with 30 percent humidity and winds at 5 to 8 MPH from the East.
The Morris Fire
Has burned 2,000 acres and started at 4:27 pm on Tuesday. The fire is burning in steep and inaccessible terrain in the San Gabriel Canyon near Morris Dam (Five miles north of Azusa on Highway 39). More than 1,600 personnel are on scene.
As of 11 a.m. today, the fire is 60 percent contained and is burning in medium brush and chaparral. As a result of extreme fire activity, and to protect public health and safety, Angeles National Forest officials closed the forest in San Gabriel Canyon Thursday afternoon.
Current temperature in the area is 102 degrees with 6 percent humidity. Winds are from the east and blowing at 12 MPH.
The closure area includes California State Highway 39, Glendora Mountain Road and East Fork Road, in addition to other Forest Service roads that will remain closed to the public.
A temporary shelter for animals that have been displaced by the evacuation of the East Fork drainage is now located at the Eagles Club at 1603 San Gabriel Canyon Rd. (Highway 39).
The Los Angeles County Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area remains open to the public. The Morris Fire Incident Command Post (ICP) is utilizing 40 acres of the “special event” area. Please drive with caution if visiting the lake this weekend.