Thursday, September 3, 2009

Altadena View of Station Fire, Thurs, 5 p.m. update

5 p.m.

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



Noon
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.

9 a.m.
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?)

21 comments:

Petrea said...

"Actively working" to save it. That is excellent news.

When have our firefighters done anything less?

These words seem apt to describe your reportage of late, Hiker. I hope you're not stressing too much. Not that I ordinarily put "stress" and "Karin" in the same sentence.

PJ said...

It's great to finally hear some good news.

wv defiri

altadenahiker said...

Petrea, damn, did I say that? (Those are some beautiful pictures on your site today.)

PJ: Yes!

Cafe Pasadena said...

KB, thank you for taking time off your job to report back to us all.

Margaret said...

Always appreciate these updates.

Greg Sweet said...
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Greg Sweet said...

KPCC just aired an interview with Darrin, the manager of Newcomb's Ranch. Still standing. Fire is about half a mile away, but is mostly burning east into the San Gabriel Wilderness Area. No development there, just one trail, however it is the home to Big Horn Sheep.

Laurie said...

We needed some good news. I'm stressing about all the areas above Sierra Madre and Monrovia. (But you can always put stress and Laurie in the same sentence!)

What can we do to begin to thank the firefighters? They've crossed over into saint/superhero status for me.

Jean Spitzer said...

Thanks for the continuing updates.

pasadenaadjacent said...

To Greg Sweet
you have been a wealth of information. Big thanks

Now heres a question I have...does that mean Mount Hillyr and the road behind it that leads up to Horse Flats camp and the others .....have they burned? What about Eagles Roost? (i think thats the name)

Switzers trail when it heads towards Wilson? Strawberry Point?

I'm so glad your keeping on top of this AH. That Albert makes a great ice breaker

(btw: and I'm not Mel's kid but I suspect I know who is)

Mid-Town G said...

What's not to like about a Valencia orange in a field of pink and gray? Except for the fire that caused it, which I hate!

Heard the same good news on KPCC, but now I'm worried about the Big Horn Sheep.

WV: dishin (this fire keeps dishin out more bad food every day)

outwardscott said...

Good morning Karin,

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.

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.

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.

Scott Johnson

altadenahiker said...

Thank you Scott. And of course Greg. I suppose we all better get psychologically prepared for what we'll see first hike in.

outwardscott said...

Greg,

First, great job in getting out the information on Big Santa Anita Canyon. As a grade school student in the 1970's, our elementry teacher would take us on hikes in the canyon which always ended up with a visit to the late Mr. Conway's cabin to say hello.

I also remember meeting one Mr. Louie who would regale us with stories about his days in the Navy.

Regarding the Bighorns in the SGW. In the short term, here is one hoping that they all find protection on the cliffs of Twin Peaks, Waterman or Williamson. But in the long term, this fire will clear out some of the decades old brush that provides coverage for mountain lions, thus improving their habitat.

Thanks again,

Scott Johnson

Greg Sweet said...

Scott, I have an interview with Mac Conway recorded in the '70's if you're interested. I can mail a CD or email mp3's

Cafe Pasadena said...

Thanks to you to, Scott, for your field reports on Newcombs & Big St Anita Canyon. Onward Scott!!

pasadenaadjacent said...

How long did it take to get the road fixed leading to santa anita canyon. How much money did tit take?
My thinking is no way would they possibly allow that area to burn without a fight

New vid is up. Got to go back to spot....

Your blog is the hub of accurate and site specific info. Well done

you too Albert

good boy!

outwardscott said...

Greg,

you can MP-3 to outwardscott@yahoo.com

It just sad that Mr. Osborne (the teacher reference earlier) is no longer alive to hear.

Thanks,

Scott

Anonymous said...

Here is the link to KPCC interview with Darrell Martinelli regarding Newcomb's Ranch.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2009/09/03/station-fire-close-newcombs-ranch/

Cafe Pasadena said...

Remember -Important Fire meeting tonite @ 1st Nazrene Pasadena!

outwardscott said...

LA Times is reporting that Camp Colby in Upper Big Tujunga and the Stoney Observatory on Mt. Mooney near Charlton Flats have survive the fire. Still trying to get info on Camp hi Hill and the Chilao Visitor Center.

Scott