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Colby Fire above Glendora, Azusa
burns several homes; 3 in custody

KABC-TV [Los Angeles, CA], by Hanna Chu

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/16/2014 1:44:46 PM

Glendora, Calif. - The Colby Fire, burning in the foothills above Glendora and Azusa, has scorched 1,709 acres and burned several homes. Three people are in custody in connection to the fire. The blaze erupted around 5:50 a.m. Thursday in the area of Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Way. Flames spread rapidly and moved down the hill toward homes. At least five structures were seen engulfed in flames. Resident Steve Whittenberg of Glendora said he also saw a structure catch fire. "We saw embers start underneath the eaves ... and it was fully involved," Whittenberg said. Glendora police have taken

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Having been through being a part of an area destroyed by these type of wildfires more than once, they start and go just about where they want. Hopefully, loss will be limited to structures & brush. "Just beginning."

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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/16/2014 2:21:29 PM     (No. 9694614)

Dry chaparral (brush native to SoCal and the Mediterranean), foothills, nearly vertical, dry conditions due to drought, wind (that has now subsided some but that can change in a nanosecond). Difficult to fight.

No, it is not a forest fire.

Fire apparently started by a recklessly set campfire in an area that was not a campground. At least one homeless person. Red Flag conditions have been in place for the last three days. Apologetic. Breeze picked up sparks from fire.

Stupid is as stupid does.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: dvc, 1/16/2014 2:44:09 PM     (No. 9694641)

Wow! Shocking news. Brushfires in southern California in the dry season. The last time this happened was. . . . .well, every single year of my life.

Yawn. Building houses in dry brushy scrub country where fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and expecting to NOT have fire is like building on the beach in the east coast and being surprised that there are hurricanes every so often. People are idiots in these things.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/16/2014 3:26:59 PM     (No. 9694700)

I owned a house in Glendora in the seventies and eighties. A flock of my kids used it as a domicile while they attended Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA. The year before we bought the house there were fires in the foothills above town. The next year there were mudslides that reached all the way down to Colorado Boulevard. I would look for the same sequence again. Mudslides follow fires as surely as day follows night. My house was on Catherine Park Place, I think below the fire zone, but if anybody that lives in the area knows, let me know if the fire got down that far.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/16/2014 3:48:53 PM     (No. 9694723)

Was just driving through that area Sunday and the only thing I could think was ´boy are these hills ripe for a fire.´

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Reply 5 - Posted by: readaholic, 1/16/2014 8:08:24 PM     (No. 9694987)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-singer-mansion-colby-fire-20140116,0,551961.story#axzz2qbfo8te6

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