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Two Firefighters Killed in Station Fire
Two Los Angeles County firefighters have been killed near Mount Gleason in the Angeles National Forest just south of Acton. Their vehicle went over the edge of the mountainside road amid intense fire activity around 2:30pm, LA County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant announced at an 8pm news conference. The circumstances surrounding their deaths are still being investigated. Click below to listen to the press conference courtesy KNX 1070:
To update the stats of the Station Fire, 42,500 acres have been burned. That number will likely go up to 100,000 by morning according to fire officials. 18 homes have been lost, and the fire is traveling north towards Acton and southeast towards Mt. Wilson. Below is a map updated by the LA Times to show the effect of the fire:
View Los Angeles County fires north of La Canada Flintridge, Altadena in a larger map
According to KCAL9, the flames are coming perilously close to the transmitter towers on top of Mt. Wilson. While workers have been evacuated, the Mt. Wilson Observatory webcam is still functional and looking ever so ominous.
Additional reporting by Andy Sternberg