Sierra Madre fire rages on, amid evacuations

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">A Cal Fire airplane drops fire retardant on a brush fire near Arcadia, Calif. on Saturday, April 26, 2008. (Dan Steinberg)</span></div>
April 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
About 550 homes are now under mandatory evacuation orders as an early-season brushfire scorches the foothills of east Los Angeles County. A residential area on the outskirts of the city of Sierra Madre near Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park was ordered evacuated Sunday afternoon.

Elisa Weaver of the Arcadia Fire Department says the fire was first reported Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off Santa Anita Canyon Road a few miles northeast of Pasadena. It was windy at the time and unseasonably hot, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

Weaver says the fire broke out in a popular hiking area, and its cause remains under investigation. It has burned at least 350 acres.

The blaze also left 50 guests from a wedding party stranded at a ranger's station.

Homes in the following areas are being evacuated:

  • Western Section
    Oak Crest Drive north of Carter Avenue
    North of Carter Avenue East to Mira Monte Avenue to Mountain Trail
  • Eastern Section
    Sierra Madre Lower and Upper Canyons
    All areas North of Grand View Avenue from Mountain Trail east to Santa Anita Avenue

Evacuation shelters have been set up at:
  • Hart Senior Park House
    222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
  • Congregational Church
    170 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
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