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Governor and Mayor Laud Firefighters, Discuss Recovery in Station Fire Briefing

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In a press conference held shortly after 8 this morning at the command center in Hansen Dam, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa spoke of the current data regarding the massive Station Fire, the heroism of the firefighters, and the assistance available to the victims.

As of this morning, the fire has consumed at least 140,00 acres, 62 structures, and is 22% contained. Over 4000 personnel are engaged in the operation to control and extinguish the blaze, and 488 engines, 14 helicopters, and 64 bulldozers are being employed. With evacuations lifted in many areas, including La Cañada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, and Altadena, the threat to homes seems to have decreased, although the fire could eventually pose a threat to Monrovia, Sierra Madre, and Duarte.

After helping serve breakfast to the firefighters present (to help "pump [them] up" for duty), Schwarzenegger thanked the thousands of firefighters for their incredibly hard work, and compared a civilian's everyday task of getting dressed in nearly-weightless clothing and going to work in an air conditioned space to the arduous task the firefighters face daily of putting on their clothes, 25-30 pounds of gear, climbing the hills, dragging hoses, and facing flames.