Station Fire Containment Pushed to Thursday
Fire-friendly weather has pushed back containment of the nearly month-old Station Fire to Thursday, according to Forest Service authorities today. The blaze, which has burned through some 250 square miles, is still 94 percent contained.Aerial operations will continue in an effort to knockdown remaining interior hotspots and to reduce the risk of embers igniting additional fuels during today's hot, dry and windy weather. "These hotspots are located in steep and rugged terrain, which is inaccessible by ground crews," explained an Angeles National Forest fire operations summary. "Yesterday 250,000 gallons of water and 100,000 gallons of retardant were dropped on the fire."
The arson-caused fire has destroyed over 100 buildings, mostly residences, and continues to threaten around 50 buildings. Two firefighters died early on in the fight. 834 fire personnel remain on the fire, but with two new fires that began today, that number could go down.