Station Fire: Over 85K Acres, Wind Expected, Super Scoopers Arrive
The Station Fire made short work of the dense dry brush of the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains last night, almost doubling in size to at least 85,000 acres and growing. It is 19 miles long and 16 miles wide, according to a live KTLA broadcast, and still stands at only 5% contained. While communication towers and the Observatory atop Mount Wilson have not been burned, officials "said that area remains highly vulnerable," and firefighters remain actively working to keep the flames at bay from the historic building and vital broadcast equipment, reports the LA Times.
On the northern flank of the fast-moving fire in Acton several homes were reported lost this morning, which adds to the 18 structures reported lost in the Big Tujunga area; officials, however, expect the number to rise when they can better asses the fire's damage.
Unfortunately, the weather includes heavy wind today--something the fire seemed more than able to move swiftly without the aid of since it began. To help in the fight two Super Scooper water-dropping aircraft arrived last night to Van Nuys Airport and are being put to work this morning, along with the over 2,000 fire personnel from all over California and numerous other states.