Station Wildfire Photos
The Station Fire which started on Wednesday August 26th, 2009 at approximately 03:30 PM has burned over 250 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 fire is moving into areas of the forest with no recorded fire history. The Station Fire is now the 9th largest fire in California since 1933. Here’s a pretty incredible map of the fire progression on a daily basis!
November, 2010 Update: The Angeles Forest Highway, also known as County Road S-2, was given the honorary name of the “Capt. Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones Memorial Highway” at a ceremony at a Lancaster fire station, read more here.
Here are some photos from the Station Wildfire:
Ed Honowitz (View of Altadena also on August 29th):
According to eyewitnesses, (but, as yet, officially unconfirmed reports from) the fire lines — the USFS fire stations at Mill Creek, Chilao, Camp 16 (near Mt. Gleason) and the Vetter Peak Lookout tower were heavily damaged and/or destroyed by the fire. In fact, some of the reserve fire trucks were lost in the firestorm at Mill Creek and Chilao. Perhaps suprisingly, the fire stations at Clear Creek and Red Box Ranger stations were saved from the fire.
Here is a web cam that updates throughout the day from the tallest solar telescope tower on top of Mt. Wilson. It provides awesome views of the high country — a bit singed now, but it will be a great place to check in as the forest begins to recover from the devastation of the fire.
Costs as of Sept 20th — in excess of $84 million dollars to control this fire.
Angeles NF Sign near Angeles Crest station on the Angeles Crest Highway: