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Station fire update: Firefighters make progress in controlling Southern California wildfire

(AP Photo/LM Otero)
(AP Photo/LM Otero)
the Station fire burns aobe La Crescenta
 The Station fire burns above La Crescenta (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Firefighters made strong progress in the last 24 hours even as the Station fire continues to burn in the Angeles National Forest. 

  • View the latest photos from the southern California Station Fire

Now 22% contained, the blaze has nevertheless consumed more than 140,000 acres.  The personnel fighting the fire has also expanded to over 4,100 people.

  • View additional Station Fire photos

In positive news, evacuation orders were lifted for many areas along the fire's southwest edge; this includes La Canada/Flintridge and La Cresenta which were previously some of the most threatened areas.

The flames continue to threaten the Mt Wilson Observatory and it's surrounding area as the fire burns up the northern face of the mountain. Crews are working diligently to prevent the fire from spreading down the mountains into the Sierra Madre area which sits against the Angeles National Forest.  Crews have also dug in along the San Gabriel Canyon to prevent the fire from spreading further to the west.

Having burned through a major portion of the eastern side of the Angeles National Forest, the fire has now ripped through one of the most popular hiking and backpacking destinations for local Los Angelenos.

Trail camps like Gould Mesa, Millard, Oakwilde, Bear Canyon and Commodore Switzer as well as popular car camping destinations at Chilao and Monte Cristo are all within the fire's burn perimeter. While the full extent of the damage to these areas is not fully known, the fire has without a doubt done massive damage and vastly altered the once beautiful forests that made this region so beloved.

 The fire has also blazed down the northern side of the West Fork of the San Gabriel River into the area surrounding Valley Forge, its accompanying campground, and the well heeled San Gabrielano recreation trail.

The Hidden Springs Cafe, a popular stopping point for outdoor recreation enthusiasts (and more famously, local motorcyclists) has also succumbed to the fire; according to the LA Times, the entire cafe was burned to ashes. The Hidden Springs Cafe was family run for 32 years and provided a welcome spot for home cooking  to passersby and hikers returning from the mountains.

With cooler temperatures compared to the weekend, firefighters are expected to continue making progress against the Station fire, although higher heat this afternoon, may once again make conditions less than ideal for those struggling against the blaze.

For more info: See previous reports from Monday, Sunday, Saturday and Friday

Comments

  • Las Vegan 5 years ago

    Just LOVIN that toxic smoke filling the skies here in Nevada. A few buddies and I are taking a tour across California, hoping to educate Californians on flame control. Topics will inclufe:

    - The beneficial effects of putting water on fire
    - What Makes Fire Tick: An introspective look at what fire needs to survive, i.e. fuel and oxygen
    - Tell Your Friends: Ways to share this ground breaking knowledge with friends
    - A free copy of the movie BACKDRAFT
    - And MORE! All for free!

  • LACounty Resident 5 years ago

    Oh, you poor Las Vegan! Shut up and save your precious breath. WE can hardly breathe here in Los Angeles, and my horses are stuck coughing in their stalls unable to escape the smoke, Everyone getting brochitis and sucking on inhalers, dead wildlife scattered everywhere, and people's homes burning down, etc....and YOU can't take the smoke over there in Vegas? Oh you poor baby, so near to us in Nevada.....People like you disgust eveyone! You say you and some buddies are coming HERE to take a "tour and educate US on fire fighting? Guffaw....There's nothing but desert there in Vegas anyway, so how could you know a damn thing about fighting forest fires? LOL...How 'bout you just pack your lil tour bags and leave the country? Duh!
    Oh, I'm just kidding---Yeah, like you were, hehehe... but the smoke really does suck!!!

  • An Oregon Resident 5 years ago

    It's almost comical how California reacts to wildfire. There are a few simple solutions to the problem of wildfire.

    1. Don't build there and if you do try using flame resistant building materials.

    2. When the firefighters tell you to leave, you might want to listen to them.

    3. Waiting 150 years to let brush burn is a bad idea, particularly when the natural cycle is about two years between burns.

    4. If you are having a hard time breathing, go someplace else. You DO have a choice. Poor planing on your part does not consitute an emergancy on our part.

    With those fouor little things in mind you should also understand that the wildfires in SoCal are actually rather small compared to what other states and even northern california deals with every year. Count yourselves blessed LA residents, you actually don't have it as bad as you think, well you do but it's of your own making.

  • Now I like California 5 years ago

    Oregon is where you go to die. After you realize your dreams are unattainable, head north -- that way the things you wanted to achieve when you where young won't be starring you in the face. Go water a plant.