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2009 September 06 — Why Now?
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Station Fire Update 9-6

FireThe fire in the Angeles National Forest has now burned over 157,220 acres [≅ 246 miles²] and at least 76 homes, three commercial buildings and 27 outbuildings. The cost estimate is >$43.5 million. It is 51% contained.

The Station Fire was started by an arsonist near mile marker 29 on the Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) about one mile above Angeles Crest Fire Station near a Forest Ranger station [the source of the name] around 3:30pm [PDT] Wednesday August 26, 2009.

The state is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire.

Last night on the edge of the San Gabriel Wilderness area the fire jumped the break along the Angeles Crest Highway requiring a diversion of effort to that area. While the fire is more than half contained due to a lot of hard and dangerous work, it is by no means out.

Two Los Angeles County firefighters have died in a motor vehicle accident escaping a burnover. In addition there have been 3 civilians and 10 firefighters reported injured.

Among the injuries is a firefighter who came in contact with cyanide while fighting the fire. It was probably the result of an illegal chemical dump in the wilderness. Even in the midst of “nature’s glory” you can encounter man’s stupidity and greed.

Currently there are 121 hand crews, 419 engines, 43 water tenders, 66 dozers, 11 air tankers, 19 helicopters, and 4,861 total personnel assigned to the fire.

The aircraft now include the 747 Supertanker [20,000 gallons], Tanker 910 [DC-10 12,000 gallons], Mars Hawaii Superscooper [7,200 gallons], and two Canadair 415 water scoopers [1,600 gallons] from the Province of Quebec.

Links: InciWeb, LA Times, KTLA, and Pasadena Star-News

Maps: LA Times fire map, the Enplan Wildfire Viewer, and the Weather Underground Smoke Map.

Webcams: Tujunga and Altadena

[For more information go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Fires” for all of the posts related to wildfires on this site.]

September 6, 2009   6 Comments