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Station Fire Update: Info from the 5 p.m. Press Conference

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Speaking a press conference at 5 p.m. tonight, officials described the Station Fire as "erratic." "This is a very angry fire that we're fighting right now," a spokesman said. "Until we get a change in weather conditions, I'm not overly optimistic, yet at the same time, our firefighters will be taking every action they can in order to keep this fire from burning more structures... I wish I could be more optimistic."

The blaze, which began Wednesday, has burned 105,296 acres with 75 miles of fire line left for firefighters to build. Approximately 3,670 personnel are assigned with various helicopters and planes, which could soon include a 747 based in Sacramento if authorities choose to order it.

Mount Wilson was unharmed as of 4:55 p.m., but two other communication sites had been destroyed in the last two days--Mount Lukens and Mount Desperation.

Around 75 homes have been destroyed mostly in the foothills area, on the southern end of the Angeles National Forest. 7,000 homes are evacuated with 12,000 homes threatened. On the northside along the 14 Freeway, flames are about five miles away from Santa Clarita, Agua Dulce, Little Rock and Juniper. Although the fire is burning in every direction it can, the current concern is on and in between the East and North flanks.

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All schools in Acton-Agua Dulce, Glendale, La Canada Unified school districts are closed Tuesday.