Station Fire Status: 71% Contained, Mount Wilson 'Out of Danger'
The Station Fire is largest wildfire in LA County's modern history (10th largest in California since 1933), burning 160,357 acres--some 250 square miles--throughout the Angeles National Forest on the San Gabriel Mountains. Officials have made plenty of progress since it began two weeks ago yesterday announcing today a 71 percent containment, a vast improvement from Wednesday when it was at 62 percent. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. on September 15th.
Early today, firefighters began a controlled burn around the Mount Wilson Observatory and communications towers that was successful, according to the Daily News. The burn was delayed three days as officials awaited for prime conditions with little wind and cool temperatures. Santa Ana winds could have ignited spot fires in the "extremely thick" vegetation between Wilson and Cogswell reservoir.