The fire broke out near the campsite and quickly captured the territory in 1458 hectares. While at the camp, which holds about 12,000 people, there were hundreds of tourists. Clouds of thick smoke from the fire was so high that they can be seen both from the coast and the desert of California.
Immediately after the fire, all visitors to the national forests and are in local rehabilitation centers and in the resort of Camp Williams, the Glendora people were evacuated. This decision was taken to ensure that no one was hurt, and at the right time of the road to the canyon of San Gabriel, is very popular with tourists, were opened to the fire fighting equipment and emergency workers.
Prerequisites fire, as elsewhere in the western United States, have become prolonged drought turned the vegetation in an ideal material for burning, and strong winds. To quench the fire was caused by some 300 firefighters, nine air tankers and four helicopters. Work is being done at night when the temperature has contributed more than a ceasefire.
A similar fire that occurred three years earlier, cost the lives of two employees of one of the fire brigades. Then the fire burned down 89 houses and 715 km2 forest. Fire 209, was recognized as the most ambitious in the history of Los Angeles County.
In the neighboring district of California fire in a remote area does not stop with the Mendocino Coast on August 18. There's a fire destroyed seven houses and nine non-residential buildings, and 166 km2 forest.