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