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Facing Dangerous Weather, Full Containment in Station Fire Pushed

Smoke from the Station Fire seen last month | Photo by Brad Herman via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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Officials this morning extended the expected full containment of the Station Fire from this Saturday to Tuesday, citing an increase in hotter and drier weather. "We're expecting humidity to go down, temperatures to go up and wit the normal flow of down canyon winds mixed with dry fuel, we decided to push containment back a few days," explained Brian Grant, a Forest Service fire information officer, over the phone.

Currently, the conflagration remains at 93% after burning through about 250 square miles.

Firefighters have a handle on the perimeter of the blaze and are currently working on interior smoke. "The terrain they're dealing with is steep and rugged and with the increase of heat on the firefighters, this doesn't get any easier on them," said Grant.

Additionally, authorities lowered their estimate in firefighting $10 million. It was previously at $93 million. Over 200 fire personnel have been released in the last two days, leaving 749 people on assignment.