Fires – Day 7…… Not Much Better

 
 
 
Firefighters from Monterey, CA clear brush
 
September 2, 2009 | 12:22 pm
 

The Station fire, which continued to push southeast into the mountains high above Pasadena and Sierra Madre, has cost more than $21 million to fight, officials said today.

Firefighters continued to make progress on the 140,000-acre blaze, but officials said it continues to expand. The eastern flank is burning in the San Gabriel Wilderness Area near Devil’s Canyon, said Nathan Judy of the U.S. Forest Service.  In Altadena, the fire was burning in the forest at the top of mountains but was not visible from the foothill community. At the top of Lake Avenue, U.S. Forest Service strike team leader James Park said hot shot crews are looking for places to tie in the fire, where it can be blocked between areas with no fuel, such as rock outcroppings. If the weather holds, they should be successful, he said.

I have taken this highway many times

Working on a breakline

Two firefighters silhouetted against a wall of flames

Backfires being set

Down the mountain, in such locales as the top of Lake and around Eaton Canyon, contingency work is underway. In addition to firebreaks and bringing hose lines in, plans are being drawn for firefighting action at various points if the fire moves down the mountain. There are no evacuation orders in the area that he knew of. Firebreaks are visible above the old Cobb Estate northeast of Lake and Alta Loma. Crews have laid hoses.

On the west, officials are worried about the fire encroaching on Little Tujunga Canyon. Firefighters have been having trouble getting into the area because of rugged terrain, Judy said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though officials are looking into whether it was sparked by a person, either on purpose or by accident.

"Right now, there is no definitive cause," said Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is monitoring the investigation.  "It could be natural, lightning, undetermined or it could be human. We don’t know."

Mount Wilson

Firefighters have worked hard to save Mt. Wilson, home to a historic observatory as well as crucial TV and radio transmission towers. Officials said this morning that aggressive water and gel drops from aircraft helped prevent the mountain from taking a direct hit from the flames.

But Mt. Wilson is still in danger, and the fight there will continue. Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Mark Whaling said machines were brought in to crush much of the brush surrounding the peak and that more fire-resistant gel was used to protect structures.
 
Lugging hoses
 
 
Saving a home
 
 
Foam drop
 
 
Too close!
 
 
HOT!!!!
 
 
No comment
 

Temperatures continued to drop slightly, aiding firefighters on a massive blaze that has killed two firefighters and destroyed 62 dwellings. But the weather conditions are still far from ideal for firefighters. Whaling said high levels of humidity helped firefighters overnight, but "there will be a more intense fire" today because of lower humidity and temperatures reaching into the 90s.

A total of 4,128 personnel are working to stop the blaze. About 12,000 structures are threatened.

Although the number of structures razed is small compared with other recent wildfires, this one has ripped an enormous hole in one of Southern California’s most treasured wildlife areas, a fact that was particularly evident along Angeles Crest Highway, which remained closed to the public.

Under skies tinged coral and gray by dense smoke, acres of slope once covered with manzanita, sumac, sycamore and pine trees looked like black dunes.

Charred remains of squirrels and other rodents lay by the road.

Joe Young, 63, who has hiked the San Gabriel Mountains for 39 years, said the burned area contains many of Southern California’s most popular hiking trails. "It’s very sad," said Young, a member of the Sierra Club’s Hundred Peaks group. "In just the burned area so far we have about 40 peaks that the club goes to regularly, if not every week."

 
The Station fire continued to push southeast into the mountains high above above Pasadena and Sierra Madre.
 
On the west, officials are worried about the fire encroaching on Little Tujunga Canyon. Firefighters have been having trouble getting into the area because of rugged terrain, Judy said.
 
Cooling off
 
 
Love this photo!
 
 
I’ll bet they would love to jump in
 
 
Homeowner sifting through the remains of his home
 

12,000 structures are threatened.

Although the number of structures razed is small compared with other recent wildfires, this one has ripped an enormous hole in one of Southern California’s most treasured wildlife areas, a fact that was particularly evident along Angeles Crest Highway, which remained closed to the public.

 

 

Good news, it’s raining heavily.  Unfortunately it’s too far south to affect the fires and moving east.

Bad news, the folks there are having mudslides.

All we need is an earthquake to complete the trifecta!!  Are you sure you don’t want to move here??

Oh yeah,  They are predicting an El Nino this year which means lots of rain here.  Mudslides will be coming!

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Roadwork Update:

After 2 1/2 months they began laying down asphalt today!!  WooooHoooo!!!!!  Of course, it still takes me 30 minutes to get somewhere it normally takes 5 minutes but it’s still progress.  I’m just glad that these morons aren’t fighting the fires or the whole State would be burning!

Take care all

 

 
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8 Responses to Fires – Day 7…… Not Much Better

  1. Bridget says:

    Being from a ‘firefighting’ family… I sympathize with the firefighters. They work hard and give of themselves unselfishly. Stay safe Bob… catch ya soon! **hugs**

  2. Dana says:

    Oh my that is some tragic stuff. Sorry I haven’t been on for a while I’m still in canning mode.. ugh. 9 jars of tomatoes today. 3 full shelves of the canned stuff and I’m still not done with it all. HELP ME

  3. Joe says:

    My goodness, that’s a different world my friend. Those are some amazing pictures in the middle of such tragedy. Here it’s cool and very rainy…it feels so far from the US too so it’s good to have something to help me touch down a bit though seeing things from California always seems a world away though our state isn’t that far. Bless you my friend.

  4. Fizz says:

    Good article… you shouldn’t have said anything… now the earth quake will hunt you down… 😉

  5. Sanjana says:

    Hey Bob those pictures haunted me………I visited last night but I was just not able to comment…..just seems like any thing i might have to say would sound pathetic……….hey im glad you safe………..i sure am………you take care buddy………know that I care……….and how you manage to get pictures well that beats me in th middle of all this tragedy………….we seemed so many worlds apart really………..someones house could be burning down while im sitting here sipping my evening tea………………its a crazy world w eliv ein…………….

  6. Sanjana says:

    he sorry I was unable to catch you online……………Today as the last day of Ganpati festival………..It is the day when the clayidols of God Ganpati are immersed in the water……..we were close to hundred people dancing on the street and ofcouse i was the first woman out there shakin a leg……..lmao……………good cardio work out it turned out to be………….and we had such fun……………we danced for close to two hours………………..on the streets………till we reached the waterfront where the immersion takes place………………..just so you know i wasnt at my desk……….

  7. Dana says:

    I hope these fires get under control soon. It is so sad and profound the measures these fire fighters have to take putting themselves in harms way to save our possessions. I watched on the news where a man was on his cell phone telling his wife their house was gone, the whole neighborhood was gone, I just cried for them sitting here helpless. My prayers as always go to the victims of this fire and those that are fighting it.

  8. Jade says:

    looking better today!

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