Wow, I really thought Stoney Observatory was a goner, but Scott Johnson sends this:
"LA Times is reporting that Camp Colby in Upper Big Tujunga and the Stoney Observatory on Mt. Mooney near Charlton Flats [appear to have] survived the fire. Still trying to get info on Camp hi Hill and the Chilao Visitor Center."
Greg Sweet identifies burn areas in this photo of Sunset Ridge
This photo: in Star News shows Sunset Ridge. The cluster of singed Pine trees on the ridge is the former site of Camp Sierra that was destroyed by a wind storm. To the left is Sunset Ridge Road to the Mt. Lowe Railway. To the right is the Sunset Trail heading down into Millard Canyon.
Meeting and briefing on fire info, public invited:
First Church of the Nazarene
3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91107
September 3, 2009 - 7:00 PM
This update from Scott Johnson, who just sent along some information on Newcomb's Ranch and surrounding areas (moved to post from comments):
"As of this morning, Newcomb's still stands. about 500 firefighters and 10+ dozers with air support, are working to build containment lines.
The Angeles Crest Christian Camp has this update on their website.
[start] As of Thursday, September 3, at 10:00 a.m., Angeles Crest Christian Camp is safe and clear!
There are many who are also asking about Newcomb's Restaurant which is a mile down the road on Highway 2. The latest word is that Newcomb's is still safe at this time.
L.A. County still has a full crew of firefighters up on the mountain at Angeles Crest. They worked all day yesterday and also during the night to prepare for the advancing fire. We have word this morning that all firefighters are out working on the lines to create firebreaks down in Chilao campgrounds and on Highway 2 near the entrance to the camp (Sulphur Springs Road).
The fire has spread up Devil's Canyon south of the camp and south of Newcomb's restaurant. It is moving in the direction of the camp and restaurant. So far, everything is still safe up at the camp and the firefighters are optimistic about their chance to head off the fire and contain it. [end]
Still trying to get info on the Chilao Visitor Center and the historic West Fork Cabin which was the first Forest Service Fire Station built in the 1890's.
Lets keep our collective fingers cross about Santa Anita Canyon." [SJ]
As Greg Sweet mentioned in an earlier comment, time to start worrying about the big horn sheep. Their home is in the line of fire.
Want the good news first? Ground crews and helicopters are trying to save the beautiful wilderness area of Big Santa Anita Canyon. This is per LA Times, Pasadena Star news, and our own Greg Sweet. Still hoping to hear from Outwardscot to confirm the very positive news about Newcomb's Ranch (Confirmed per KPCC!)
The Station Fire stands at 38% containment, but it's going to be a long day for the firefighters. Winds expected at 8 mph (I honestly don't know if that one is good or bad), temperature around 101 (worse than yesterday).
I'll troll some of the other usual internet suspects and expand on this.
Ok, I'm back.
Is it just me, or is inci suddenly much more complete and comprehensible? Just lifted this right off their page as it pertains to nearby wilderness:
"Direct line is being constructed in Bear Mountain area. Mount Wilson is still a concern but fire personnel personnel are feeling more comfortable that the Observatory will not be damaged.
...The most active and most critical areas of fire activity are in Devil's Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Dillon Divide area in Pacoima Canyon.
... The fire moved to the lower Chilao Road and into Manzanita Camp Ground near Hwy 2...
(Hey: Whitney Houston just returned to the Yahoo Top Ten Search list. Can the fires be far behind?)