Ranch 2 Fire moves away from homes after threatening Azusa neighborhood; evacuations lifted


AZUSA, Calif. (NewsNation/KTLA) — A brush fire that has scorched thousands of acres in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa is moving away from homes Friday morning, prompting officials to lift mandatory evacuations for a neighborhood that was previously threatened by the flames.

The so-called Ranch 2 Fire had burned about 2,500 acres and was 0% contained as of Friday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The size of the fire was downgraded by 500 acres from Thursday evning’s estimate.

Fire activity is expected to increase Friday afternoon amid the hot and dry weather conditions.

Video late Thursday night showed the fire burning dangerously close to homes near Highwood Court and Mount Laurel Way, which had been placed under a mandatory evacuation order earlier in the day.

About 300 homes were threatened at the time.

Firefighters successfully kept the flames away from homes and say the blaze is moving north Friday morning toward an area previously burned in last month’s Dam Fire.  

All evacuation orders were lifted as of 11 p.m., according to a tweet from the Azusa Police Department.

Highway 39 will remain closed as emergency vehicles remain in the area to monitor the fire, the Police Department stated.

The fire was reported about 3 p.m. Thursday in a creek bed near the corner of San Gabriel Canyon and Ranch roads.

The U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department are working together to fight the fire.

The blaze started as firefighters were already battling the 11,000-acre Lake Fire, also burning in the Angeles National Forest.

Firefighters are also dealing with a heat wave in the region that has Azusa expecting temperatures in the triple-digits Friday and Saturday.

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