The still-spreading Gult Coast oil spill is threatening to become a full-fledged environmental disaster that may eclipse Exxon Valdez in cost and impact. [WaPo]
- Today, the Obama administration put pressure on BP America to do more to stop the leak and clean up its aftermath. [NYT]
- Experts and volunteers are scrambling to aid the wildlife affected by the spill. [Discovery News]
- NASA’s Earth Observatory team is tracking the oil spill’s progress by satellite. [Discovery News]
Image: This satellite photo provided by NASA shows the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico as it closes in on the Pass a Loutre area of Plaquemines Parish, La. (NASA photo)
These pictures would warm our hearts, if they weren’t already molten from the heat.
But, seriously, as a fiery Armageddon descends on SoCal, we’re glad to see that the Engine 111 firefighters out of Little Tujunga Station got a little reprieve — however momentary. They’ve been battling the Morris Fire in the rugged terrain of San Gabriel Canyon above Azusa.
Daniel Tedford reports:
“They have faced 30-foot flames in the intense
heat of day and cold canyon nights without bravado, but instead with a
stoic sense of duty.”
As a “thank you” for their service, the children’s water play area at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale was opened especially for the firefighters.
“‘They have been working hard, so we made the exception,’ said Marc Allen, a senior life guard at the park.”
At right, top, firefighter Danny Flores cools
off on Thursday.
Second from top, Flores, left, and engine captain Bruce Steinberg.
Third from top, Alfred Mendoza floats in shallow waters after his crew from Little Tujunga Station has been working 12- and 24-hour shifts battling the Morris Fire above Azusa.
Mendoza told our photographer the water slide made him feel “like a kid again.”
Bottom, Steinberg prepares to follow Mendoza down the water slide.
(Photos by Watchara Phomicinda and Suzanne Khazaal / Staff)