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Brush fire continues to rage in Angeles National Forest

September 3, 2012 |  7:18 am

Water-dropping helicopter battles Williams fire.
A brush fire in the Angeles National Forest continued to rage out of control Monday morning as firefighters battled to stop the forward progress of the blaze that created a huge plume of smoke that was visible for miles.

The Williams fire was burning across more than 3,600 acres of medium-to-heavy brush and chaparral in rugged terrain north of Glendora, the U.S. Forest Service said. 

The blaze, which broke out Sunday afternoon about 3½ miles east of California 39, forced officials to evacuate campgrounds that draw thousands of visitors each Labor Day weekend. The entire San Gabriel Canyon was closed.

PHOTOS: Brush fire burns in the Angeles National Forest

An evacuation center had been set up at Glendora High School at 1600 E. Foothill Blvd., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

No structures were immediately threatened, officials said, and no injuries were reported. Overnight, the blaze was just 5% contained.

[Updated at 7:53 a.m.: The blaze has grown to 4,000 acres and is still 5% contained, the Forest Service said.]


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Photo: Water-dropping helicopter battles the Williams fire on Sunday afternoon. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times