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Station Fire's Acres, Cost, Containment Continue to Increase
The Station Fire seems to be holding steady, and while the news is good to some degree, the big picture tells another story. As of last report, the "overnight containment of the 154,000-acre blaze [...] rose to 49% as temperatures dropped and humidity" increased according to LA Now. Along with the increase in acreage comes an increase in cost; the largest wildfire in LA County's modern history "has cost more than $37 million to fight, and officials are still assessing the toll to property, wildlife and forest facilities."
The San Gabriel Wilderness area is the only place where the Station Fire is actively burning, according to InciWeb. Firefighters are working on burn operations and control lines, and "burned area rehabilitation is being started in cool areas of the Station Fire and will build up as suppression activity is completed. The power utility companies begin pole replacement in a large scale today as up to 1,000 poles have major damage or have been burned."
Meanwhile, Mile Marker 29 in the Angeles National Forest above La Cañada-Flintridge remains a crime scene, and officials are working on the Station Fire as an arson and homicide because of the two firefighters who died battling the blaze.