Southern California - Glad I didn't hike Chantry today
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04-26-08, 11:49 PM
I was planning on taking my wife hiking after lunch at Chantry Flats today. She didn't feel up to it, so we strolled around Huntington Gardens instead. On our way out, we saw smoke and found out the canyon leading in and out of Chantry Flats was on fire and some hikers were stranded on the mountain in the smoke! Thank God for little miracles. I hope nobody on here was stranded up there, either hiking or biking.
04-27-08, 12:59 AM
good thing. I was actually going to send you a pm to see where you guys ended up going! do let me know though when you check out another trail up there, i've only been down hermit falls.
04-27-08, 10:20 AM
We saw all that smoke from Pasadena. I was wondering what it was...
04-27-08, 11:20 AM
It looked to be extremely close to the homes (as in, less than 1/4 mile) but the news seem to imply that they have protected all of them so far.
04-27-08, 01:44 PM
Wildfire inches closer to California homes
Neighborhoods near Pasadena, California, being evacuated due to wildfire
Fire forced evacuation of Boy Scout camp
Nearly 100 hikers were temporarily stranded in parking lot because of fire SIERRA MADRE, California (AP) -- A wildfire in Southern California that has scorched 270 acres and forced the evacuation of about 100 homes in neighborhoods might not be under control for days, officials said Sunday.
Firefighters originally had hoped to have the blaze contained Sunday, but gusting winds late Saturday night kept the fire burning out of control and creeping toward nearby homes, said Elisa Weaver of the Arcadia Fire Department.
The mandatory evacuation order came shortly before 11 p.m. The fire broke out on a hot, dry Saturday afternoon about 10 miles northeast of Pasadena, Weaver said.
More than 100 hikers were escorted out of a forest by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, and Boy Scouts were evacuated from a camp, Weaver said. No injuries were reported.
Containment was not expected for two to three days, Weaver said.
"I think the biggest concern is this area ... has not burned in 10-plus years, so there's a lot of fuel up there for this fire," Weaver said.
More than 200 firefighters were aided by a dozen engines, three water tankers and three helicopters as they took on the blaze, Weaver said. She said more air support was expected later Sunday morning.
"They plan on hitting this thing at full force as soon as dawn hits," Weaver said.
Meanwhile, two shelters have been set up in the area for evacuees.
Flames outlined steep ridges about a mile above Sierra Madre, a community of about 11,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains that is popular with artists.
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