Saturday, August 29, 2009

CA-ANF-Station fire - Wildland Fire - 6,000 acres

Satellite Photo of Southern California showing Icecap(PyroCumulus) cloud over Station Fire
Source: NOAA Link
*ALERT* Station fire Evacuations (1120am) of Big Tujunga Canyon has now been ordered / Western portion of the fire just north of Mt Luken

Update: 15:30hrs -EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR - ICE CAPPING
Update: 14:30hrs - Some evacuations in Glendale area.
Update: Noon - "Green light" to utilize the Martin Mars and or the DC-10. Martin Mars is going to assist with supporting a retardant line. Official order for Martin Mars and 2 Additional Heavy ATs has been made.
Update: 11:50hrs - LAFD Strike Team 1138 Alpha has just been formed under the command of BC 3 to respond to the Station Fire. Station Fire:
CA-ANF- STATION FIRE PERIMETER MAP
08-28-09


Mount Wilson Web Cam Screenshot 11:40 hrs 8-29-09
Web cam: Link
Update: 11:40hrs - Reverse 911 calls with mayor asking for evacuations in La Canada / Flintridge area.

Update: 10:00hrs - Launching AA now. Asking for Helitankers to focus above Vista Miguel". Structure protection is holding so far on Branch I.

From the 0830 notes from OSCC: 5,500 acres @ 5% contained.

Current threats/Problems: Northern portions of the City of La Canada-Flintridge, Altadena, Mount Lukens Communications Facility, Edison 220 Kv Powerlines, Edison 33Kv Powerlines to Mt. Wilson, Gould Sub-station, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Arroyo Seco Residences, ANF Clear Creek Fire Station, Clear Creek School, Red Box and Mt Disappointment communication sites and the Mount Wilson Communications Facility/Observatory are threatened.

The fire area is extremely steep and inaccessible. The fire is burning in burning in 40+ year old 15 to 20 foot high decadent vegetation.

Mount Wilson web cam: http://bit.ly/Wsbmd Header shows winds apparently blowing North, Yesterday straight up

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