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Station Fire 127,513 Acres in Size, 22% Contained

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A modified Martin Mars seaplane tanker aircraft drops water trying to contain a fire threat to the observatory on Mount Wilson (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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HIgh temperatures and low humidity today began to subside, aiding firefighters in controlling the Station Fire, now 127,513 acres, nearly 200 square miles, in size. The blaze is now 22 percent contained, according to Forest Service officials. However, a change in weather could again downgrade containment and begin to threaten more homes.

Mt. Wilson, its communications towers and historic observatory still remain threatened. Flames grew closer than ever this afternoon and officials believe the it could hit facilities between now and 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the LA Times. “Right now, we’re conducting controlled burns around the perimeter in preparation for the impending fire's arrival," explained Deputy Chief James Powers of LA County Fire to the paper. "We’re also bringing in trucks and special equipment to coat all of the structures with protective gel and foam if necessary. We do not plan to cover everything with a gooey mess.”