UPDATE (Aug. 14, 10:45 p.m.)
Azusa Police along with @LACoFDPIO Arson Investigators have been conducting a joint investigation of yesterday's #ranchfire.— Azusa Police (@AzusaPD) August 15, 2020
A suspect has been identified and is being sought for questioning. Please see press release for details.#azusa #CityofAzusa #AzusaPD pic.twitter.com/io2DPi9qMU
UPDATE (Aug. 13, 7:00 p.m.)
Firefighters on Thursday afternoon are battling a brush fire that erupted in the foothills above Azusa, prompting evacuation orders for several nearby homes.
The Ranch Fire, which began about 1:30 p.m. near San Gabriel Canyon and Ranch roads. Azusa Police stated the immediate evacuation of the Mountain Cove community.
No injuries or structural damage were immediately reported.
Officials said the fire spread to at least 500 acres within less than three hours.