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Twin fires burn more than 4,500 acres and trigger evacuations in San Gabriel Valley

Two sprawling wildfires tore through at least 4,500 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains on Monday, and only a canyon prevented the blazes from merging into one massive inferno, fire officials said. The two brush fires broke out in Azusa and Duarte amid a blistering heat wave, forcing the evacuation of...

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  • Five craft beer bars you need to know about

    When the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board put together a list of the “Top Craft Beer Bars and Restaurants in Los Angeles” for its Discover Los Angeles website, it didn't just slap together a few of the best-known spots. The list was detailed, well researched and comprehensive.  Compiled by Joshua...

  • Congregation Ale House adds a brewpub in Azusa

    Congregation Ale House adds a brewpub in Azusa

    The Azusa “chapter” of Congregation Ale House -- the monastic-themed beer bars with outposts in Long Beach and Pasadena -- has converted to a brewpub, and the newly debuted brewed-in-house beers are worthy of praise. Congregation’s owner, Travis Ensling, has a long history in the restaurant and...

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

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  • Datebook: Art's fall season begins this weekend -- the best openings

    Datebook: Art's fall season begins this weekend -- the best openings

    A history of the avant-garde in Orange County, an installation that takes a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. as a point of inspiration, sound as heard by deaf ears and an L.A. freeway in mirrors. The art season is starting to get rolling and it’s busy, busy, busy. Here’s what’s going down in the...

  • Police: Attempted kidnapping of boy in Azusa never happened

    A dramatic account of a kidnapping attempt involving an 11-year-old boy who supposedly fought off his assailant in Azusa earlier this week was not true, police said Wednesday. In a short statement, Azusa police said they were “confident no attempted kidnapping occurred" but did not provide any...

  • Boy, 11, fights off would-be abductor in Azusa, police say

    Boy, 11, fights off would-be abductor in Azusa, police say

    An 11-year-old boy fought off a man who tried to force him into a van Monday in Azusa, police said. The boy was heading home from a family gathering in the 300 block of North San Gabriel Avenue when, at about 9 p.m., a van stopped in front of him, according to the Azusa Police Department. A man...

  • Crews make progress in Azusa wildfire; other blazes rage across state

    Crews make progress in Azusa wildfire; other blazes rage across state

    Fire officials said crews battling a wildfire in the mountains above Azusa were making headway Monday night and downsized the number of acres that had been scorched. The Tecolote fire was 60% contained after firefighters used an aggressive ground and air attack to battle the blaze, which broke...

  • Wildfire above Azusa in Angeles National Forest is 40% contained

    Wildfire above Azusa in Angeles National Forest is 40% contained

    A wildfire north of Azusa that forced hundreds of people to evacuate their campsites, picnic areas and canyon homes is 40% contained and smaller than officials originally believed. Firefighters made “a lot of progress” fighting the Tecolote fire overnight, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Shaun Rollman...

  • Steep terrain hampers fight against 400-acre wildfire above Azusa

    Steep terrain hampers fight against 400-acre wildfire above Azusa

    A fast-moving 400-acre wildfire in the hills above Azusa was just 5% contained late Sunday and early Monday, but was burning away from homes, fire officials said. The Tecolote fire in the Angeles National Forest was first reported at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and quickly grew in size as firefighters...

  • Azusa fire grows to more than 300 acres
    Azusa fire grows to more than 300 acres

    A brush fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa has grown to more than 300 acres and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of campers and hikers, officials said Sunday.

    The fire started about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and grew quickly, officials said. High temperatures, low humidity and steep terrain...

  • Azusa fire grows to 200 acres
    Azusa fire grows to 200 acres

    A brush fire in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa has grown to 200 acres, and hikers and picnickners have been evacuated, officials said Sunday.

    The fire was at Mile Marker 24 on Highway 39, according to a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, who also said that the highway has been closed.

    The...

  • Fast-moving brush fire burns 100 acres above Azusa
    Fast-moving brush fire burns 100 acres above Azusa

    Firefighters on Sunday were battling a 100-acre brush fire in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa.

    The fire was at Mile Marker 24 on Highway 39, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Smoke could be seen for miles. No structures were immediately threatened.

    KTLA News reported...

  • Motorist killed by suspected drunk driver is identified
    Motorist killed by suspected drunk driver is identified

    A motorist killed by a suspected drunk driver headed in the wrong direction on the 210 Freeway early Saturday in Azusa has been identified, authorities said.

    The victim, 19-year-old Justin Romo of El Monte, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred in the freeway's westbound...

  • Westbound 210 closed after wrong-way driver kills one
    Westbound 210 closed after wrong-way driver kills one

    A wrong-way driver on the westbound 210 Freeway collided with another vehicle early Saturday in Azusa, killing one person and fleeing the scene.All westbound lanes of the freeway were closed near Vernon Avenue.The victim, an adult male, was pronounced dead at the scene, said CHP Officer Tony Polizzi.Authorities...

  • Fontana police officer killed in off-duty motorcycle crash

    An off-duty Fontana police officer was killed while riding his motorcycle on a mountain road above Azusa.

    Officer Thomas Chamberlin, 26, died about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control on Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest, according to announcements made Wednesday by the Fontana Police...

  • Police release sketch of man in foiled Azusa child abduction
    Police release sketch of man in foiled Azusa child abduction

    Police released a sketch Thursday of a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 5-year-old girl from an Azusa apartment complex but fled after her mother foiled the attempt.The mother was watching her daughter and a friend play in the apartment complex about 8:30 p.m. when she briefly took her eyes...

  • Mother fends off man trying to abduct 5-year-old daughter, police say
    Mother fends off man trying to abduct 5-year-old daughter, police say

    Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a 5-year-old girl from an Azusa apartment complex Monday evening but fled after her mother struggled with him, police said.

    The mother told Asuza police she was watching her daughter and a friend play in the apartment complex...

  • Third man convicted of sparking Colby fire near Glendora
    Third man convicted of sparking Colby fire near Glendora

    A third man was convicted Thursday of sparking a wildfire that raged in the San Gabriel Mountains in January, charring nearly 2,000 acres of parched brush and destroying five homes.

    Jonathan Jarrell, 24, was found guilty of a misdemeanor offense of illegally starting a fire, the U.S. attorney's...

  • Man gets 25 years in toddler's beating death
    Man gets 25 years in toddler's beating death

    A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for killing his girlfriend's 16-month-old son.

    Stephen Douglas Hoffman struck the toddler in the head up to 21 times while he was babysitting at an Azusa home, according to prosecutors.

    Hoffman was watching Malaikye Payne in August...

  • Man gets 25 years to life for killing girlfriend's infant son

    A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for fatally beating his Azusa girlfriend's infant son.

    Stephen Douglas Hoffman was convicted in February of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death after Los Angeles County coroner's officials determined the 16-month-old...

  • Storm cells could cause mud flows in burn areas, police say
    Storm cells could cause mud flows in burn areas, police say

    Police were alerting residents in fire-scarred neighborhoods along the San Gabriel Mountains late Tuesday that rain cells expected to hit the area could cause mudslides.

    Advisories were issued by the Azusa and Glendora police departments for neighborhoods north of Sierra Madre Boulevard where the...

  • Man, 19, who died after jumping through window to evade police is ID'd
    Man, 19, who died after jumping through window to evade police is ID'd

    An autopsy is pending to determine how a man died Sunday after jumping through a second-story window while trying to escape Azusa police, a coroner's official said.

    The man -- identified Monday as Alec Deon Torres, 19, from San Dimas -- was leaping from rooftop to rooftop in Azusa trying to avoid...

  • Man fleeing Azusa police dies after jumping through window
    Man fleeing Azusa police dies after jumping through window

    A man who fled police during a wild chase in Azusa on Sunday leaped from rooftop to rooftop before fatally injuring himself jumping through a second-story window, authorities said.

    The man, who was not immediately identified, was 19 years old and wanted on a drug-related warrant, according to the...

  • Suspect dies in Azusa
    Suspect dies in Azusa

     

  • Rainfall totals still far below normal; warm weather ahead
    Rainfall totals still far below normal; warm weather ahead

    As mud and debris cleanup continued Monday in many parts of Los Angeles County, meteorologists said the area registered only enough rain to make a "small dent in our rainfall deficit."

    From Wednesday through Monday morning, downtown L.A. registered 4.52 inches of rain, bringing the total rain since...

  • Evacuation order lifted in Azusa
    Evacuation order lifted in Azusa

    Mandatory evacuations were lifted for Ridge View Drive in Azusa shortly before noon Sunday, authorities said.

    “City crews have been working diligently at removing the debris and mud which flowed onto Ridge View Drive,” according to a statement from the Azusa Police Department. “They will continue...

  • L.A. rain: Evacuations lifted in some foothill communities
    L.A. rain: Evacuations lifted in some foothill communities

    Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in two foothill communities threatened by mudslides below wildfire-ravaged areas.

    Glendora residents were allowed to return home Sunday when an evacuation order was lifted at 6 a.m. The 2,000-acre Colby fire in the San Gabriel Mountains in January left some...

  • Azusa family's backyard buried in tons of mud
    Azusa family's backyard buried in tons of mud

    When the rains first started in Southern California, Ed Heinlein didn't think the damage to his Azusa property would be so bad. Surely, the 65-year-old homeowner thought, his backyard retaining wall, thick as a freeway barrier, would hold back the mud.

    But as a precaution, Heinlein and his neighbors...

  • TV news employee rescued after being trapped in waist-deep mud
    TV news employee rescued after being trapped in waist-deep mud

    A TV news employee trying to report from the scene of an unstable Azusa hillside Friday got stuck in waist-high mud and had to be rescued. 

    The man was reporting in the hillside above the home of Dennis Sanderson on Ridge View Drive when he got stuck in the mud. Sanderson aided authorities in the...

  • L.A. storms: Azusa hillside unstable, more evacuations ordered
    L.A. storms: Azusa hillside unstable, more evacuations ordered

    An unstable hillside in Azusa prompted police to order evacuations Friday evening of all 26 homes on Ridge View Drive in the Colby fire burn area.

    "The hillside is not stable," said Azusa police Sgt. Sam Fleming, adding there is already 2 to 3 feet of mud in the backyards of two homes on the street. 

    ...

  • Officials prepare for mudslides as heavy rain moves across L.A. region
    Officials prepare for mudslides as heavy rain moves across L.A. region

    The second of two winter storms this week delivered on a promise of heavy rainfall as it moved across the region Friday, and hundreds of residents waited to see if their homes would escape feared mudslides within mandatory evacuation zones below the San Gabriel Mountains.

    The strongest rain was...

  • As rains advance, residents split on mandatory evacuation orders
    As rains advance, residents split on mandatory evacuation orders

    Residents in the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa were working feverishly to comply with mandatory evacuation orders issued amid fears that heavy rains Friday could send mud and debris flowing into their neighborhoods.

    Authorities have said that more than 1,000 homes are threatened by...

  • Despite L.A. storms, region will still be parched, fire-prone
    Despite L.A. storms, region will still be parched, fire-prone

    Even as Los Angeles wades through the middle of one of the wettest periods in at least two years, public officials and weather forecasters say it will do little to catch the region up on one of the driest rain seasons on record, and may not decrease fire danger much at all.

    "Although Los Angeles...

  • First of two L.A. rainstorms moving through faster than expected
    First of two L.A. rainstorms moving through faster than expected

    A storm dumping light to moderate rain across Los Angeles County on Thursday is moving faster than expected, which could mean an extended break starting in the afternoon before a more powerful system arrives, forecasters said.

    "We're moving good -- system is moving a little quicker than we thought,"...

  • Voluntary evacuations sought in Glendora as winter storms approach
    Voluntary evacuations sought in Glendora as winter storms approach

    Glendora officials increased their emergency flood alert level Wednesday, calling for voluntary evacuations in the Colby fire burn area ahead of two winters storms expected to douse the region.

    The storm systems forecast for Wednesday to Saturday are expected to be the wettest weather that Los...

  • Transgender teen to play on Azusa High's girls' softball team

    A senior at Azusa High School will be the first transgender student to play on the girls' varsity softball team, school officials said Friday.

    Patrick Cordova-Goff, 17, who goes by Pat, is a member of the cheer squad and student body president. She could also be the state's first transgender student...

  • Battered Florence Nightingale statue needs critical care
    Battered Florence Nightingale statue needs critical care

    Azusa Pacific University is offering a good home to the heavily vandalized statue in Lincoln Park. But Los Angeles officials say it's a 'city asset' that can't be moved, despite its poor condition.

  • Colby fire east of Los Angeles is almost fully contained
    Colby fire east of Los Angeles is almost fully contained

    The Colby fire that burned through the hills above Glendora and Azusa over the last week is 98% contained, officials said Wednesday.

    The fire, allegedly sparked by an illegal campfire near Colby Trail and Glendora Mountain Road, began just before 6 a.m. Thursday and spread quickly in the steep...

  • Colby fire smoldering east of Los Angeles is 95% contained
    Colby fire smoldering east of Los Angeles is 95% contained

    Fire officials announced Tuesday that the Colby fire smoldering in the hills above Glendora and Azusa is 95% contained and said they expect it will be fully contained by Wednesday.

    The blaze has scorched 1,952 acres and frustrated firefighters for days as it burned its way through steep terrain....

  • Wildfire east of Los Angeles is now 84% contained, officials say
    Wildfire east of Los Angeles is now 84% contained, officials say

    The Colby fire burning in the hills above Glendora and Azusa is 84% contained, fire officials announced Monday morning.

    The 1,952-acre fire had been 78% contained Sunday as crews continued to cut lines in steep terrain. Officials expect to have the blaze fully contained by Wednesday, according...

  • Colby Fire: Some evacuations lifted in Azusa as firefight continues
    Colby Fire: Some evacuations lifted in Azusa as firefight continues

    Some Azusa residents forced out of their homes by the Colby fire will be allowed to return Friday afternoon, though officials said one community would remain closed off.

    Azusa police and L.A. County sheriff's officials said residents living north of Sierra Madre Avenue between Yucca Ridge and Ranch...

  • Colby fire northeast of Los Angeles stops overnight; 5 homes lost
    Colby fire northeast of Los Angeles stops overnight; 5 homes lost

    The Colby fire that has been burning above Glendora since Thursday morning did not increase in size overnight as crews took advantage of calmer winds to reinforce containment lines, officials reported Friday.

    More than 1,000 firefighters are now battling the fire, which remains 30% contained after...

  • Colby fire: Calmer winds expected Friday as crews make progress
    Colby fire: Calmer winds expected Friday as crews make progress

    Firefighters battling the Colby fire in the hills above Glendora and Azusa should benefit from calmer winds Friday as they work to increase containment around the blaze that so far has destroyed five homes and several other structures.

    The fire, which officials said was sparked by an illegal campfire,...

  • Fire near Los Angeles: Crews take advantage of light winds
    Fire near Los Angeles: Crews take advantage of light winds

    Firefighters were taking advantage of favorable wind conditions Thursday night as they continued to battle a wildfire that had scorched at least 1,700 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa and Glendora.

    Winds along Sierra Madre Boulevard, where neighborhoods were threatened earlier in...

  • Fire near Los Angeles: Evacuation orders lifted in Glendora
    Fire near Los Angeles: Evacuation orders lifted in Glendora

    Evacuation orders have been lifted for Glendora neighborhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains that were threatened earlier in the day by the Colby fire.

    Residents who live in areas north of Sierra Madre Boulevard bounded by Yucca Drive on the west and Glendora Mountain Road on the...

  • Driver arrested after fatal Boyle Heights crash
    Driver arrested after fatal Boyle Heights crash

    A woman has been arrested on suspicion of felony manslaughter after the car she was driving crashed into a curb in Boyle Heights, ran off the road and hit a power pole, leaving one of her two passengers dead.

    The crash occurred about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday on Washington Boulevard east of Soto Street,...

  • Azusa police fatally shoot gunman
    Azusa police fatally shoot gunman

    Azusa police fatally shot a man Friday night after he turned toward officers with a handgun, authorities said.

    The incident began when officers attempted to stop a suspected drunk driver around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Alosta Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    ...

  • Five craft beer bars you need to know about

    When the L.A. Tourism & Convention Board put together a list of the “Top Craft Beer Bars and Restaurants in Los Angeles” for its Discover Los Angeles website, it didn't just slap together a few of the best-known spots. The list was detailed, well researched and comprehensive. 

    Compiled by Joshua...

  • Madre fire near Azusa is 'no risk,' Sierra fire is nearly out
    Madre fire near Azusa is 'no risk,' Sierra fire is nearly out

    The Madre fire burning in the mountains above Azusa is "no risk at this point," according to Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector Keith Mora.

    As of Friday morning, the fire was 95% contained and firefighters are expecting full containment soon, he added.

    "They're pretty much done with mop...

  • Crews gain upper hand in brush fires near Azusa and in Cajon Pass
    Crews gain upper hand in brush fires near Azusa and in Cajon Pass

    Fire crews appear to have gotten the better of two large brush fires that broke out this week in the Southland: the Madre fire burning in the mountains above Azusa and the Sierra fire smoldering in Cajon Pass.

    As of early Thursday morning, the Madre fire was 90% contained, according to the U.S....

  • Madre fire near Azusa: Firefighters brace for strong winds
    Madre fire near Azusa: Firefighters brace for strong winds

    Firefighters battling the Madre fire in the mountains above Azusa were trying to hold containment lines Wednesday as strong northeasterly winds threatened their progress.

    The winds "will not help out at all," said U.S. Forest Service spokesperson Bob Brady. 

    One of the reasons strong winds are...

  • Madre fire near Azusa: Aggressive air attack proves effective
    Madre fire near Azusa: Aggressive air attack proves effective

    Fire officials now believe the Madre fire above Azusa can be contained by Friday morning, thanks to favorable weather conditions and an aggressive aerial assault.

    Full containment of the fire had been expected for earlier next week.

    The fire, which started Monday evening in San Gabriel Canyon north...

  • DC-10 battles Madre and Sierra fires
    Firefighters make progress in Sierra and Madre brush fires

    Firefighters made progress in their efforts to control two brush fires burning in Southern California mountains, officials said Tuesday night.

    In the Madre fire above Azusa, about 450 firefighters had the blaze 70% contained and were continuing to make headway, the U.S. Forest Service said.

    The...

  • Madre fire near Azusa: Air assault bolsters containment to 30%
    Madre fire near Azusa: Air assault bolsters containment to 30%

    Containment of the Madre fire in the mountains near Azusa jumped significantly Tuesday, increasing to 30% from 5% as air tankers continued to make drops every few minutes.

    "Things are going real well," said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Keith Mora. "We have a really aggressive attack...

  • Madre fire near Azusa: Humidity, low winds should help firefighters
    Madre fire near Azusa: Humidity, low winds should help firefighters

    The number of firefighters battling the Madre fire in the mountains above Azusa tripled Tuesday as crews tried to gain the upper hand on the blaze.

    About 450 personnel are now assigned to the fire, which started about 6 p.m. Monday in the steep terrain of San Gabriel Canyon north of Highway 39,...

  • Air attack to restart on 200-acre Madre fire above Azusa
    Air attack to restart on 200-acre Madre fire above Azusa

    Officials are expected to start up an air attack on a brush fire that broke out in the mountains above Azusa on Monday and grew to 200 acres overnight, threatening about two dozen homes.

    The Madre fire started about 6 p.m. Monday on the north side of California 39 in San Gabriel Canyon, the U.S....

  • Azusa brush fire grows to 190 acres, officials say
    Azusa brush fire grows to 190 acres, officials say

    A brush fire in Azusa grew Monday night to 190 acres as flames chewed up pockets of unburned vegetation along the flanks of the blaze, officials said.

    The U.S. Forest Service had said the blaze was holding at about 50 acres, but aerial mapping completed late Monday showed that it had grown to 190...

  • Firefighters make progress battling 50-acre Azusa brush fire
    Firefighters make progress battling 50-acre Azusa brush fire

    Firefighters were being aided Monday night by light winds and repeated helicopter assaults as they made progress battling a brush fire above Azusa.

    The blaze was holding at about 50 acres after breaking out Monday evening on the north side of California 39 in San Gabriel Canyon, the U.S. Forest...

  • Evacuation orders issued for several homes in Azusa brush fire
    Evacuation orders issued for several homes in Azusa brush fire

    Voluntary evacuation orders were issued for residents of several homes in the San Gabriel Canyon in Azusa as firefighters continued to battle a brush fire that had scorched at least 40 acres.

    The evacuation order came after 7 p.m. for the homes on Foxtail Court, which is part of a housing development...

  • Brush fire burns at least 30 acres above Azusa
    Brush fire burns at least 30 acres above Azusa

    A brush fire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa had burned at least 30 acres Monday evening, the U.S. Forest Service said.

    The blaze was burning near homes by California 39, and clouds of smoke were visible for miles, according to footage broadcast on KTLA-TV Channel 5.

    Water-dropping...

  • Fire crews stop Azusa blaze progress; 40 acres burned
    Fire crews stop Azusa blaze progress; 40 acres burned

    Firefighters stopped the forward progress of a brush fire above Azusa on Tuesday evening after it had charred about 40 acres.

    The blaze was 10% contained after breaking out in the Fish Canyon area in the San Gabriel Mountains, fire officials said.

    An inmate working on a hand crew sustained a minor...

  • Firefighters battle five-acre brush fire above Azusa
    Firefighters battle five-acre brush fire above Azusa

    Firefighters were battling a brush fire Tuesday afternoon that had burned about five acres in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa.

    The blaze was burning in Fish Canyon behind a shooting range, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

    Firefighters on the ground were being aided by water-dropping...

  • Congregation Ale House adds a brewpub in Azusa
    Congregation Ale House adds a brewpub in Azusa

    The Azusa “chapter” of Congregation Ale House -- the monastic-themed beer bars with outposts in Long Beach and Pasadena -- has converted to a brewpub, and the newly debuted brewed-in-house beers are worthy of praise.

    Congregation’s owner, Travis Ensling, has a long history in the restaurant and...

  • With a little help, mother bear rescues cub from trash bin
    With a little help, mother bear rescues cub from trash bin

    A mother bear clawed at the silver handle on a trash bin Sunday night in a parking lot in Azusa.

    She wasn’t trying to get the trash. The mother was attempting to rescue her bear cub from inside the bin, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported.

    Another cub leaned his front paws on the bin’s side and looked on...

  • Mining firm finally gets go-ahead to start new Azusa digs
    Mining firm finally gets go-ahead to start new Azusa digs

    After almost three years of controversy, a rock-mining company will begin digging into the foothills above the San Gabriel Valley, an operation that critics said would scar the mountainside, worsen air quality and cut off access to a popular trail head, the city of Azusa announced Wednesday.

    Vulcan...

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