Station Fire Spreads to 35,200 Acres, Continues to Burn Out of Control
In just a few short hours since dawn, the Station Fire is now reportedly burning over 35,000 acres, and has spawned a new set of evacuations. Deputies are now ordering out residents of "Crown Valley, Soledad Canyon and Aliso Canyon as the fire [has] moved northwest along the Angeles Forest Highway," reports the Pasadena Star-News. The fire's movement is described as unstoppable; it is "knocking at the door of JPL," and "creeping down slopes toward civilization," in neighborhoods like La Cañada-Flintridge. Three civilians were taken from the Big Tujunga area to Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, and "one firefighter was hospitalized for heat exhaustion." 34 recreational buildings along Big Tujunga Canyon Road were also lost to the fire. The Station Fire is considered the "largest and most dangerous wildfire" currently burning in California, according to a live on-air report on abc7, and Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to speak shortly regarding the blaze.
Evacuation centers are up in the following places: La Cañada High School (La Cañada-Flintridge), Crescenta Valley High School (La Crescenta), Jackson Elementary (Altadena), and Highland High School (in Palmdale, for Acton-area residents). Animals are being accepted at several shelters in neighborhoods adjacent or near to those affected by evacuation orders. KNX1070 now reports that the Glendale Unified School District (which includes CVHS in La Crescenta) will not open for its first day tomorrow due to the fires.
Hot temperatures are expected today in the upper 90s and low 100s, but luckily there is little to no wind to exacerbate an already terrifying situation from Altadena to Acton.