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Azusa Canyon and Duarte fires burn for another day

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and US Forest Service are battling two  brush fires north of Azusa and Duarte in the Angeles National Forest. The fire is in the area of Highway 39 and Morris Dam. Smoke can be seen from the Claremont area however there is no imminent threat or danger to Claremont, according to a release sent out by the Claremont Police Department. Another fire has also started in the Foothills above Duarte, which is in a more populated area than the Azusa fire. Winds so far seem to be guild the blazes away from homes.

So far 3500 acres have been burned and officials are encouraging people to stay indoors because of the poor air quality.

The city has shut the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park due to the fire danger, however this is a common precaution and may not be related to the fires west of Claremont.

Two Claremont Police Department officers have been dispatched to Azusa to help with the fire efforts, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the CPD.

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