Friday, September 18, 2009

Station Fire IC gearing up for wind event

Station Fire Prepares for Hot, Dry and Windy Weather

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Released: 32 min. ago

Station Fire News Release

For immediate release

September 18, 2009

On Scene Contacts: Stan Bercovitz, Fire Information Officer

Marc Peebles, Fire Information Officer

Station Fire Information Center (626) 334-7582

Station Fire Prepares for Hot, Dry and Windy Weather

Irwindale Calif.- Due to an anticipated increase in temperatures, wind, and a decrease in humidity over the next few days, Station Fire Incident Commander Mike Wakoski has ordered additional aircraft which include 4 heavy helitankers. In addition, a tactical water tender equipped with fire retardant has been ordered to treat fuels on the north slope of Mt. Wilson.

The intent of helicopters and the tactical water tender is to extinguish remaining interior hotspots and reduce the risk of embers igniting additional fuels, both prior to and during the anticipated hot, dry and windy weather. These hot spots are located in steep and rugged terrain, which is inaccessible by ground crews.

Helicopters are scheduled to begin the aerial assault mid-morning on Saturday, September 19, 2009 and will continue daily through the weekend and into next week as needed. As a result, residents and visitors may see increased helicopter and ground force activity in the Mt. Wilson area. The tactical water tender will participate in pre-treatment as soon as Sunday morning, September 20, 2009.

As with all fire activity, residents may see an increase in smoke and aviation activity in the fire area over the next few days.

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