(Photo ID from Greg Sweet: "The hill surrounded by smoke in the photographs taken from the Community Garden is called 'Little Round Top'. That is the sight of Owen Brown's Grave."
For evacuation information, I think Altadenablog.com (link on blogroll) is the most up-to-date.
From Greg Sweet: "I receive an email this morning from Forest Volunteer Richard Nyerges. He and a dedicated crew have maintained the trail and campground in Bear Canyon for many years. He sounds uncharacteristically negative; probably feeling defeated. He invites us to pass this along.
Well it looks like the Station Fire may very well burn into Bear canyon. This evening I could see fire on top of Brown Mountain and Bear is on the other side. With the FS working and protecting homes, and with the remote area that Bear canyon is located, I would best guess that they will draw a line around Bear and let a large area burn. Lets hope that the fire acts like a fire should and if it does burn Bear, its only here and there. No matter what though, come the winter rains all the sediment will flow down hill and fill all the pools. If that happens it will be at best 10 - 15 years before the pools clear out. We can hope a large heavy rain in 5 years might wash them out. This is of course only if the canyon burns but right now there is fire heading into the canyon.
In early October, Maybe the 10th, I will put together those who wish to join me on a recon trip into Bear Canyon to access the damage if any. Let hope for minimal burn down deep on the canyon floor.
If anyone would like to join me, we will be carrying in tools to do any repairs that might be and can be done. Let me know if you can join in and I'll put together a list. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining in, please forward this along. Thanks
If we find the culprit who started the fire, hold me back. I can't say here what I'd do to them.
If you do venture in the hills, be safe.
(I'll be joining. -- Karin)