Station Fire 94% Contained as Santa Ana Winds Begin
Forest Service officials this morning upped containment of the Station Fire one point to 94 percent after a weekend of aggressive air attacks meant to pre-empt the coming Red Flag fire weather of hotter temperatures, lower humidity and increased winds. A Red Flag will go into effect at midnight through Wednesday evening.
Although winds are expected to gust up to 35 mph, officials say they will be "weak to light" Santa Ana winds, which are dry and warm or hot winds that blow in from the desert.
Firefighters will continue air assaults today, lasting over the next few days, with fixed-wing air tankers and heavy helitankers to knockdown hot spots and pretreat ridges with retardant.