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Southern California's Station Fire in Los Angeles County

Updated on January 26, 2017

Station Fire Causes Forest Devastation

With the Station Fire being big news in L.A. County the Los Angeles Times has had very good coverage in their daily newspaper.

The whole width of the mountain range from Pasadena to Acton in the high desert has been consumed by fire. That is a swatch of Angeles National Forest more than 18 miles wide, by the crow, south to north. East and west it is still growing.

All of Los Angeles City noticed of the Station Fire, even if the news was not followed. The smoke towered over the basin in massive pyrocumulus clouds.

The county, firefighters and its populace will feel the effects of the fire for a long time. Thursday it was declared an arson fire when evidence was found at the source. Fortunately, a minimum of structures were lost. Two firemen were killed, the worse scenario in fire.

At left a wildfire fighting helicopter is getting repairs at Brackett Airfield in La Verne. The next day I witnessed the pilots inspecting the machine.

Helicopter Inspection during L. A. Station Fire

Video and photo above by paperfacets

Helicopter in action.

Photo by okarol.

foothill fire on flickr

The chaparral vegetation in this photo is mainly what covers the Angeles National Forest. Some trees in the upper elevations and near streams. Note the steep sides.

The Station Fire is in the San Gabriel Mountains

In many of my writings I have mentioned the San Gabriel Mountains. They are the backdrop of L. A. County. The mountains are featured in my Route 66, The Dogs of Suburbia and finally the River Rock Bungalows Series.

The SG Mtns are a product of the San Andres Fault. The plates collide underneath them. As far as mountain ranges, they are younger than the Rocky Mountains or the Sierra Nevada. The 1971 Sylmar earthquake drove the range up 6 1/2 feet.

The terrain is drab, sparse of vegetation, rocky with loose rock grit. The younger age makes them steeper with more canyons and ridges. The grades are between 65% to 90% steep, making it extremely hard to fight a fire on the ground. The canyons act like a flue and they are lined up one after another, through the entire range. Fire in the canyon draws more air from the canyon mouth feeding the flames up higher to the ridges at a pace that defies stopping.

Back burns, clearing and aircraft drops are the preferred defense.

Smoke clouds as seen from Brackett Airfield about 25 miles from the origin of the fire.

Information Source: Los Angeles Times, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2009 by Julie Cart

A Photo Set on Flickr

Flickr has a collective photo set titled California Station Fire [2009].

I have selected a few to view that are very spectacular. Links to photo are blue.

This one is called Hollywoodland by sbaros

Station Fire by code20photog

9-3-09 CAMPS by RickreedPhoto

To see the entire set of photos

click The California Station Fire

120 flickr members contributed 766 photos of the fire that grabbed the attention of all L.A.

photo above right: paperfacets

Los Angeles Station Fire

Photo by okarol.

Big Smoke on flickr

Today A Blaze Broke Out in Our Town

Sept. 2013

We have had a few years of drought. We are even catching shower water in a 5 gallon bucket to help with the flower beds.

Yesterday a blaze broke out in the foothills of La Verne, and many family homes were affected, but firefighters have new aerial equipment that doused it in quick fashion without property being destroyed. As well as two helicopters, we also saw two planes that are fairly small and maneuvered easily over rooftops and accessed a reservoir barely a mile from us and the fire.

Twenty-seven acres of chaparral hill sides were burned and taken care of quickly, with joint effort from the county and the city.

© 2009 Sherry Venegas

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      9 years ago

      OMG, what a scary thing to have fires raging out of control. This is very nicely done!

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      10 years ago

      OMG! When I hear about those fires, I think what heroes the firemen are who risk their lives every day. Thank GOD for firemen.

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      11 years ago

      I live in Eagle Rock, very close to the LaCanada fire. I spent several hours yesterday washing soot off our trees and garden. I'm so sad for the firefighters who lost their lives and the people who lost their homes. I can still hear the helicopters today, so it's not over yet. Blessed and featured on my Squid Angel Diary this week.


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