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Socal Fire Crews: May the Force Be With You …

Posted by feww on September 2, 2009

But that’s all the water we’ve got!

Photo: From a lakeside dock in Yucaipa Regional Park, the McHenry family  cheers as a Sikorsky S64 Sky Crane firefighting helicopter goes “In the Dip” for another load of water Tuesday. (Don Bartletti /Los Angeles Times). Image may be subject to copyright.

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Fires Approach Mt. Wilson Observatory from Two Directions

Fire crews are reportedly trying to save the historic Mt Wilson observatory as well as important TV and radio antennas from destruction. Fire was approaching the mountain  from two directions: about 800 meters (yards) to the north and 1,200 meters (yards) to the west.


Photo: Flames from the Station fire approach Mt. Wilson Observatory in the Angeles National Forest. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times).  Image may be subject to copyright.

“We expect the fire to hit the Mt. Wilson facilities between 5 p.m. today and 2 a.m. Wednesday morning,” LA Times quoted Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief James Powers. “Right now, we’re conducting controlled burns around the perimeter in preparation for the impending fire’s arrival. We’re also bringing in trucks and special equipment to coat all of the structures with protective gel and foam if necessary. We do not plan to cover everything with a gooey mess.”

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Smoke from the Station Fire rises over downtown Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Jon Vidar)Image may be subject to copyright.


The Los Angeles skyline is obscured by smoke [buildings are barely visible in the background] from the Station Fire north of the city August 31, 2009. A deadly wildfire burning out of control for a sixth day in the parched mountains north of Los Angeles doubled in size overnight on Monday and posed a continuing threat to Mount Wilson, a key communications nexus for the region’s broadcasters and emergency services. REUTERS/Freds Prouser. Image may be subject to copyright.

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SoCal Fires Rage On!

Posted by feww on September 1, 2009

500 km² consumed by out of control fire

The Fire in California Mainly…

  • The Station Fire has more than doubled in size to about 110,000 acres burning completely out of control for a sixth day.
  • Two fire crews were killed Sunday when they drove off the side of a road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton.
  • About 2,600 personnel are currently tackling the  massive blaze.
  • Fire destroyed 18 homes Sunday and at least three structures early Monday, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
  • Two school districts canceled the first day of classes due to heavy smoke, which made breathing difficult.

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LA Times Google Map of the Station Fire. Image may be subject to copyright. The areas shaded in yellow are (L-R) Acton/Agua Dulce area (evacuated), Cheseboro Road south of Mt Emma Road (evacuated),  Juniper Hills neighborhood (under evacuation orders).


Towering Inferno.
A structure burns during the Station Fire in the Big Tujunga canyon area of Los Angeles, California August 29, 2009.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins. Image may be subject to copyright.


Smoke from the Station fire over the Angeles National Forest as seen from a hellicopter. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times /August 31, 2009). Image may be subject to copyright.


South of Dixieline?
Flames burn near a cross during the Station Fire in the Big Tujunga area of Los Angeles, California August 29, 2009. REUTERS/Gene Blevins. Image may be subject to copyright.


What da  fiia ma  gonna do now? A deer walks through charred forest in the Angeles National Forest near Acton.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images /August 31, 2009). Image may be subject to copyright.

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SoCal Blazes Blacken More Scrubland

Posted by feww on August 30, 2009

Calif Fires Beat Clunker Boost Any Day!

Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 5:48 AM PDT (12:48 UTC)

From InciWeb and other sources:

The Station Fire started off Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) about one mile above Angeles Crest Fire Station around 3:30pm Wednesday August 26, 2009. Angeles Crest Highway, Tujunga Canyon and Big Tujunga Canyon roads are closed. As a result of extreme fire activity, and to protect public health and safety, Angeles National Forest officials implementing an area closure for lands in the vicinity of the fire. This closure is in effect until canceled.

3 injuries have been reported. Residents are advised to be ready to evacuate if they are near the fire boundary.

As of 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening the fire is moving very quickly to the north towards Acton. If the fire continues on this aggressive path it could be very near Acton by early morning.

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Station Fire: Location Map. Google Map may be subject to copyright.


Flames from the Station Fire are seen above the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in La Canada, California August 28, 2009. REUTERS/Rod Seward. Image may be subject to copyright.

Fire Stats:

  • Size: 20,500 acres
  • Percent Contained: 5%
  • Estimated Containment Date:  Tuesday September 08th, 2009 approx 06:00 PM (!)
  • Fuels Involved: Very heavy fuels of ceanothus, chamise, scrub oak and manzanita across the entire fire area, 15 to 20 feet in height with Big Cone Douglas Fir in the drainage bottoms. Fuels have not experienced any significant large fire activity in the past 40 years.
  • Fire Behavior: The fire quadrupled in size driven by SE winds. Saturday behavior was extremely active with rapid rates of spread and flame lengths up to 80 feet. There is a potential for Sunday’s fire behavior to be similar to Saturday. Upslope winds are likely. Spotting may occur from 1/4 mile up to 1/2 mile.
  • Significant Events: Mandatory Evacuations are in effect for over 10,000 homes. The fire is threatening the Mount Wilson Communications Facilities and Observatory.


The Station fire in the Angeles National Forest has tripled in size today, spreading rapidly to the east and west this afternoon, and prompting the evacuation of at least 4,000 homes in a broad swath of foothill neighborhoods in areas including La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Altadena and Big Tujunga Canyon as temperatures reached triple digits and flames drew closer to houses.
Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times. Caption: LA Times.

Other Remarks

  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Threatened:
    • 10,000 homes threatened.
    • 500 commercial properties
    • 2,000 other structures threatened.

Current Weather:

  • Wind Conditions 6-12 mph SE
  • Temperature 100 degrees
  • Humidity 7%


Other Fires

Gloria Fire:

  • Date/Time Started: August 27, 2009 2:57 pm
  • County: Monterey & San Benito County
  • Location: Northeast of Soledad
  • Acres Burned: 6,437 acres
  • Containment 6,437 acres – 60% contained
  • Structures Destroyed: 1 residence and 1 outbuilding destroyed
  • Threatened: There are approximately 100 homes threatened by the fire.
  • Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted on Highway 146, Bryant Canyon and Stonewall Road.
  • Total Fire Personnel: 1,083
  • Engines: 110
  • Fire crews: 32
  • Airtankers: 3
  • Helicopters: 5
  • Dozers: 26
  • Water tenders: 8
  • Costs to date: $2.5 million [The Cheap Fire!]

Pacheco Fire

  • County: Santa Clara County
  • Location: Pacheco Pass Road near Dinosaur Point
  • Status/Notes: 1,650 acres – 50% contained
  • Date Started: August 29, 2009 2:20 pm
  • Total Fire Personnel: 389
  • Engines: 40
  • Fire crews: 5
  • Airtankers: 4
  • Helicopters: 3
  • Dozers: 4
  • Water tenders: 3

Big Meadow Fire:

  • County: Mariposa County
  • Location: Foresta Community
  • Administrative Unit: Yosemite National Park
  • Status/Notes: 3,506 acres – 30% contained
  • Date Started: August 26, 2009 12:08 pm

Cottonwood Fire:

  • County: Riverside County
  • Location: Highway 74 cross of Bee Canyon
  • Status/Notes: 2,290 acres – 30% containment
  • Date Started: August 27, 2009 5:13 pm
  • Total Personnel 698

Red Rock Fire:

  • Name: Red Rock Fire
  • County: Siskiyou County
  • Location: 15 miles west of Fort Jones, CA
  • Administrative Unit: Klamath National Forest
  • Status/Notes: 1,373 acres – 80% contained
  • Date Started: August 21, 2009 6:40 pm

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