The Station Fire has claimed the historic Hidden Springs Cafe, a treasured stopping point and java spot for anyone passing through the Angeles National Forest. Owner Jim Lewis ran the business for 32 years.
“Lewis … said a number of his
customers and friends had called him to say they saw the cafe site on a
television broadcast Tuesday morning. People recognized the lone,
old-fashioned phone booth standing amid ashes because it is the only
one in the Angeles National Forest, he said.”
“On a dry day the drive from La Canada takes about 15 minutes, but by
the time the cafe comes into view, a couple of curves north of the Big
Tujunga tunnel, civilization seems to have been left behind. But then,
commercial establishments of any sort are rarer than rattlesnake bites
within national forest boundaries.”
These photos from our sister publication, the Los Angeles Daily News, show all that remains of the cafe that was obliterated by flames Tuesday. (Photos by Gene Blevins / Staff)
Lying among the charred ruins of a kiosk, a sign warns Tuesday morning of critical fire danger at the entrance to Vogel Flats campground. This area is known as Stonyvale in Big Tujunga Canyon in the Angeles National Forest. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)
Below, firefighters make their way down a steep hill after lighting a backfire to eliminate tinder and slow the spread of the Station fire in La Caada Flintridge on Monday. (Photo by Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
Read more about the firefighters’ effort to set backfires and clear vegetation in this Star-News report.
Below, hotshot firefighter Angel Reyes sprays water to protect a house in La Crescenta on Monday while the crew burns away vegetation to create a fire break. (Photo by Philip Scott Andrews / Associated Press)
“At this time the Station Fire continues to be a slow moving fire and if
the fire continues moving toward Sierra Madre, officials do not expect
it to enter the City for at least five days. This prediction is
contingent on if the current weather conditions continue.” (3:04 p.m. Wednesday)
“Monrovia’s Sawpit Dam helibase is operational for helicopter use in fighting the fire around La Canada Flintridge. As a contingency plan, bulldozers from the U.S. Forest Service are working in local foothills to cut fire breaks Monrovia. The fire is not currently a threat to Monrovia.” (3:05 p.m. Wednesday)
Los Angeles County Fire Department incident information for Station fire — With details on mandatory evacuations, evacuations that have been lifted in La Canada and Altadena (residents only), Red Cross shelters and animal shelters
For evacuation information on Station fire, call 211
The Red Cross evacuation center at La Canada High School
is seeking air conditioning vendors with portable units to help cool
their gymnasium. To help, call La Caada Flintridge City Hall at (818) 790-8880
TCN North Now — covering Glendale, Crescenta Valley, Burbank and La Caada
School closures and updates:
Glendale Unified — All Glendale schools will remain CLOSED on Wednesday. A message from the superintendent is available on the district. Web site.
La Canada Unified — All LCUSD schools will be OPEN on Wednesday. Outdoor activities will be suspended until air quality improves. Notices will be posted on district Web site.
Pasadena City College will hold enrollment spots for students affected by fire — via Star-News. College officials will continue to update the news section of the PCC Web site. Information line open at (626) 585-7315.
Pasadena Unified suspends outdoor athletic activities. School was not yet in session.
Los Angeles Unified — Schools in Sunland and eastern San Fernando Valley region were not yet in session. Outdoor athletic activities suspended.
“Channel 9’s fire coverage in the 9 o’clock hour included several minutes with reporter Dave Lopez on the battle by firefighters to save the La Caada Flintridge home of the station’s helicopter pilot, Larry Welk.”