Station Fire

(La Canada Flintridge)

 

August 28, 2009 (Photo by Associated Press)

Flames from a brush fire glow from a distance behind a home on Baytree Drive in

La Canada Flintridge, a suburb just 12 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

 

Los Angeles Times Interactive Map and evacuation areas (as of September 11, 2009)

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Incident Overview (see map)


The Station Fire started off Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) about one mile above Angeles Crest Fire Station around 3:30pm Wednesday. Angeles Crest Highway is closed from the Angeles National Forest boundary past Clear Creek.

The Station Fire, named because of its proximity to a nearby USFS Ranger Station has burned over 230 square miles of land within the Angeles National Forest and near surrounding foothill communities of La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Soledad Canyon, Pasadena, Glendale and Sierra Madre. The goal of the Incident Management Team is to keep the fire west of Highway 39 and Angeles Crest Highway, east of Interstate 5, south of Highway 14, Pearblossom Highway, and Highway 138, and north of the foothill communities and the Angeles National Forest Boundary. The fire is moving into areas of the forest with no recorded fire history. If you have Google Maps, you can access the fire perimeter at CA-ANF-E5VL Station 9-3-2009 0327.kml

The Station Fire is now estimated to be 160,557 acres.

Basic Information


Incident Type: Wildfire


Cause: Arson


Date of Origin: Wednesday August 26th, 2009 approx 03:30 PM


Location: Los Angeles River Ranger District / Angeles National Forest


Incident Commander: Mike Wakoski


Current Situation


Total Personnel: 4,847

Helicopters 13

Air Tanker 8 (3 additional aircraft available as needed)

Engines 399

Hand Crews 44

Dozers 48

Water Tenders 43


Size: 160,557 acres


Percent Contained: 95%

Estimated Containment Date: Tuesday September 22nd, 2009 approx 12:00 AM

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 Fur in the drainage bottoms. Fuels have not experienced any significant large fire activity in the past 40 years.


Fire Behavior
Friday behavior was very active to extreme, with rapid rates of spread and flame lenghts up to 80 feet. There is a potential for Saturday's fire behavior to be similar to Friday. Around noon Saturday, after the inversion has lifted, expect actively spreading fire with upslope runs. Spotting may occur from 1/4 mile up to 1/2 mile.


Significant Events
The mandatory evacuation of Little Tujunga has been lifted.

Outlook


Planned Actions
Prepare and protect structures when and where necessary. Construct handlines and dozer lines.
Growth Potential
Extreme
Terrain Difficulty
Extremely steep and inaccessible
Remarks
1800 homes threatened. 27 commercial properties and 52 other stuctures threatened.

Current Weather


Tonight weather will be mostly clear with temperature between 64 - 74 degrees. Tomorrow will be in the low to mid nineties and 80 to 88 degrees in the upper elevations. The weekend should bring an increasing onshore flow and a cooling trend.

 

August 31, 2009 (Los Angeles Times/DigitalGlobe)

A satellite image shows smoke from the Station fire burning

just north of Los Angeles

August 31, 2009 (Photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles firefighter Thomas Rindge takes a break from battling the Station fire in La Crescenta Monday

 

August 31, 2009 (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

View from a burned out truck across acres of scorched hillsides in Acton as smoke rises from Mt. Gleason in the distance Monday

 

August 31, 2009 (Photo by Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

A towering cloud from the super-heated Station fire in Angeles National Forest billows into a blue sky behind

downtown Los Angeles on Monday

 

August 31, 2009 (Photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

U.S. Forest Service firefighters watch closely after lighting a

backfire in La Crescenta. The Station fire has burned

more than 105,000 acres.

August 31, 2009 (Photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A group of young men watch the Station fire from a hill overlooking Tujunga on Monday night

 

August 31, 2009 (Photo by Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters on a backfire behind a home on Pinelawn Drive

in La Crescenta

 

August 31, 2009 (Photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A firefighter climbs up a hose after a backfire is lit in La Crescenta

 

August 30, 2009 (Photo by (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The Station fire bears down on Aliso Canyon Road in Acton, several miles north of the area

where two L.A. County firefighters died Sunday night after their truck went down a mountainside

 

 August 30, 2009 (Photo by Barbara Davidson/ Los Angeles Times)

Horses grazed as residents are forced to evacuate Acton on Sunday as the fire approaches.

Many residents in the rural area evacuated their animals

 

August 30, 2009 (Photo by Barbara Davidson/ Los Angeles Times)

"Stretch" Lewis hoses down the roof of his uncle's home on Cedarcroft Road on Sunday as flames approach.

"I'll be damned if I give this home to fire," Lewis says

 

August 29, 2009 (Photo by CBS)

The blaze has scorched nearly nine square miles of dry forest above

La Canada Flintridge. It is five percent contained.

 

August 28, 2009 (Photo by Micahel Czerwonka/Monsters and Critics)

The Station Fire burns in mountain side above Altadena

August 27, 2009 (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters, from left, Steven Moak, Ken Nelson and Gil Alvarez with the Mountain Recreation Conservation

Authority watch as a plane drops fire retardant Friday off Angeles Crest Highway

 

August 27, 2009 (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters battle flames that jumped Angeles Crest Highway in the Station fire.

 

Photo Credits:

Associated Press. (2009). Station Fire. Examiner.com. Retrieved August 29, 2009 from http://www.examiner.com/x-12767-US-Headlines-Examiner~y2009m8d28-La-Canada-interactive-fire-map-links-provided

Bartletti, D. (2009). Station Fire behind donwtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2009 from http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigpicturefire,0,5985825.htmlstory

CBS. (2009). Sation Fire. CBS2.com. Retrieved August 29, 2009 from http://cbs2.com/local/Fire.Watch.Angeles.2.1148796.html

Czerwonka, M. (2009) Station Fire near Altadena. Monstersandcritics.com. Retrieved August 29, 2009 from http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/usa/features/article_1498094.php/In-Pictures-Altadena-California-Wildfire

Davidson, B. (2009). Select photos of Station Fire near Acton. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2009 from http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigpicturefire,0,5985825.htmlstory

Digital Globe. (2009). Satellite image of Station Fire. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2009 from http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-0826-morris-fire-pictures,0,2039975.photogallery

Molina, G. (2009). Station fire bears down on Aliso Canyon Road in Acton. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2009 from http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigpicturefire,0,5985825.htmlstory

Orr, F. (2009). Station Fire on Pinelawn Drive. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2009 from http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-0826-morris-fire-pictures,0,2039975.photogallery

Seib, A. (2009). Station Fire. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 29, 2009 from http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/08/fire-crews-making-headway-in-angeles-national-forest-blaze.html and http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigpicturefire,0,5985825.htmlstory and http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigpicturefire,0,5985825.htmlstory

Skalig, W. (2009). Select photos of Station Fire. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 31, 2009 from http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-0826-morris-fire-pictures,0,2039975.photogallery and http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bigpicturefire,0,5985825.htmlstory