BREAKING: Fast-Burning Dam Fire Blackens Hundreds of Acres in Hills Above Azusa

Photo credit KNX

A mandatory evacuation was ordered and a highway was closed as firefighters work to put down a blaze near Azusa on Thursday afternoon. 

Named the Dam Fire, it began burning before 1:45 p.m. Thursday in the 9500 block of North San Gabriel Canyon Road, near Morris Dam in the Angeles National Forest in the hills above Azusa. 

Looking worlds better today at the site of the #DamFire: fire officials say it’s at 40% containment, but can’t see hardly any smoke at this point. San Gabriel Canyon continues to be closed @KNX1070

— Desmond Shaw (@RoadSageLA) July 31, 2020

#BREAKING: @LACOFD is battling a fire in the Angeles National Forest above #Azusa. This is off of San Gabriel Canyon Road. You can see how close the fire is to nearby homes. #DamFire

— Andre Tinoco (@iamdretinoco) July 30, 2020

As of Friday, the fire has burned 240 acres and is 40% contained.

.@LACoFireAirOps on the #DamFire today

— (@SoCalFirePhoto) July 31, 2020

Rolling into the Incident Command Post for a HOT day on the fire lines. The #DamFire in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa has blackened about 240 acres & is about 10% contained at this hour. @KNX1070

— Margaret Carrero (@KNXmargaret) July 31, 2020

The fire moved in lightning speed, charring hundreds of acres within hours, crews currently have the fire contained at 40%. 

At least 100 firefighters have been dispatched to fire with more than a dozen aircraft battling flames from the air.

This is a developing story.