Campgrounds reopened following Williams Fire

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ARCADIA (CNS) – San Gabriel Canyon in the Angeles National Forest has been reopened for recreational use following the full containment of the Williams Fire, and authorities today said the blaze that scorched 4,192 acres was caused by a vehicle parked on top of dry brush.

The fire — which began Sept. 2 — was 100 percent contained Tuesday, according to Nathan Judy of the Angeles National Forest. Fifteen firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the flames, Judy said.

Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road will remain closed a while longer so debris can be removed from the roads, Judy said.

“The cause of the Williams Fire has been determined to be a vehicle which was parked on top of dry brush in a turnout,” Judy said. “The dry brush ignited from the vehicle’s hot undercarriage.

“We ask that all visitors to the forest remain aware of their surroundings and be diligent in making sure that their visit is a safe one,” Judy said. “Please do not park or place any hot items near dry vegetation which can ignite and result in another tragic fire.”

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