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Station Fire Status: 56% Contained, Reward Could Increase, Pollution Spreading Across the Country

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The Station Fire has grown to 160,357 acres--that's over 250 square miles--up some 3,000 acres since last night. The blaze, now contained at 57 percent, has been a difficult fight for personnel and last night calmed on the western end, but became more aggressive on the northern one.

It was determined last week that the fire was the product of arson, changing the nature of the investigation into a homicide one because two firefighters died when their vehicle went off the edge, plunging 800 feet down a canyon. The state announced a reward of $100,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people at hand. Today the LA County Board of Supervisors may raise it by adding $50,000 to the pot.

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena have been monitoring the flow of pollution as it blows eastward across the states, which hit Denver on August 31st, Texas on September 1st and the Louisiana Gulf Coast on September 2nd, according to the International Space Fellowship blog. A video below shows how the smoke traveled, as observed by JPL’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite.