Station Fire grows exponentially nears JPL

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – Residents are being evacuated in the northern part of La Canada Flintridge as the Station Fire now rages out of control.

At about 8 p.m. last night, the Station Fire was 10-percent contained and had burned 500 acres. Overnight, firefighters lost whatever containment they had and the fire has now scorched 1500 acres, spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service Gabriel Alvarez said.

“The wind shifts, the weather conditions, a lot of different factors,” contributed to the increased intensity in the fire, Alvarez said.

Residents north of Vista Del Valle Road, east of La Canada Boulevard and north of Starlight Crest Drive are under mandatory evacuations, Alvarez said. About 873 homes are under those evacuations, Alvarez said. An evacuation center has been set up at La Canada High School.

There are now 750 fire personnel fighting the Station Fire, one air tanker, four helicopters and as many as sixteen engines, Alvarez said.

Highway 2, Angeles Crest Highway, is closed all the way across to Big Pines, Alvarez said.


Inciweb update from earlier this a.m.:




Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Wednesday August 26th, 2009 approx 03:30 PM
Location Los Angeles River Ranger District / Angeles National Forest
Incident Commander Jim Hall

Current Situation

Total Personnel 700
Size 500 acres
Percent Contained 5%
Fuels Involved

Oak Trees, chaparral and mixed brush; some Pinyon & Juniper

Significant Events

Mandatory Evacuations: 500+ homes North of Vista del Valle Rd., East of La Canada Blvd. extending into La Canada Country Club area. Evacuation Center: La Canada High School, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Canada, CA

Outlook

Remarks

500 homes threatened. 5 commercial properties threatened.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 3-5 mph NE
Temperature 71 degrees
Humidity 16%

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