Colby Fire

'I started packing and panicking.' Residents flee monster fires above Azusa, Duarte

'I started packing and panicking.' Residents flee monster fires above Azusa, Duarte

Rapidly growing fires above Azusa and Duarte – which together have burned more than 2,000 acres – left residents with little time to flee.

The Red Cross, L.A. County Fire Department and the city of Duarte have opened an evacuation center at a recreation center at 1600 Huntington Drive in Duarte.

Valerie Kiernicki, 59, arrived with her two cats just as the center was opening. She had been sewing at her home near Fish Canyon, a few houses down from the foot of the mountains, about 12:30 p.m., when she heard...

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