Los Angeles County Fire Department held an area wide meeting at North View Intermediate School to discuss the status of fighting the San Gabriel Complex fire with over 200 residents from Duarte, Monrovia and Azusa. Representatives from LA County Fire, Sheriff, State Office of Emergency Services, Monrovia Police Department and Fire Department made brief presentations on efforts being made to both control the fire and deal with evacuations.
Numerous questions were posed and answered about evacuation with a focus on when and how evacuated residents could return to their homes.
Due to uncertainty of the fire and unknown factors due to wind conditions, LA County Fire is not able to allow all evacuated residents back to their residences. However, fire officials assured affected residents that regular updates regarding the evacuation will be provided beginning tomorrow morning as part of the Department's daily incident briefings. City of Duarte representatives will be attending those meetings and helping to disperse information as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to check the City's website and follow the City on Twitter and Facebook which are updated as new information becomes available.
Once evacuated residents are allowed to return, they will be required to show photo identification to LA County Sheriff deputies before entering the area to prove residency. Residents will be allowed to leave and return upon showing photo identification. Residents will also be allowed to return with small pets and animals but not livestock. No large trailers or recreational vehicles will be permitted in the area either.