Firefighters try to rescue 3 stranded hikers near Azusa wildfire
Los Angeles County firefighters Monday afternoon were trying to rescue three hikers stranded in the east fork of the San Gabriel Canyon near an area where a brush fire was burning out of control.
The people were near the Bridge to Nowhere, a popular hiking destination, on East Fork Road above Azusa, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
Two Fire Department helicopters were responding to the incident. It was not immediately clear how the hikers made their way into the canyon.
Authorities on Monday shut down the San Gabriel Canyon to Labor Day visitors as about 400 firefighters battled the Williams fire. The blaze, which broke out Sunday afternoon, had burned about 4,000 acres and was heading north toward the Sheep Mountain Wilderness area.
After the fire broke out, authorities ordered evacuations from campgrounds, picnic areas and a mobile home park at Camp Williams. The facilities are typically visited by up to 12,000 people on Labor Day weekend.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photo: A tanker drops fire retardant over the Williams fire in the Angeles National Forest on Monday. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times