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In La Crescenta: Life Under the Looming Threat of the Station Fire

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La Crescenta is an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County, though some parts are considered Glendale, and is often co-mingled in reference with neighboring communities like La Cañada-Flintridge and Montrose. The foothill community has risen to the collective local and national attention since last week when it became one of the initial areas immediately affected by the Station Fire.

Today, the Station Fire has scorched over 100,000 acres, including the hills above the Crescenta Valley, and remains an active threat to pockets of homes in areas like Briggs Terrace and Goss Canyon, which are perched up at the top of Briggs Avenue. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for that neighborhood, and since Saturday an evacuation center has been set up at Crescenta Valley High School, which continues to provide shelter, food, water, and assistance under the supervision of the American Red Cross, to those in need.

This afternoon I paid a visit to La Crescenta, and the evacuation center at CVHS, which was a bittersweet experience; the typically sleepy area that many Angelenos have never heard of happens to be my adopted US hometown, and CVHS happens to be my alma mater.