The last update from inci is the best news all week. Here it is:
Fire is currently backing down to Cogswell Resevoir. It is within the contingency area and it is the natural progression of the fire. There is no expectation that it will make a sustained push into residential areas.
Another mild night is in store for this evening with moderate HR recoveries in the lower elevations and poor recoveries on the ridge tops. Winds will generally be terrain driven after sunset and there is a possibility of isolated thunderstorms...becoming mostly clear overnight.
In the southwest corner of fire, La Crescenta to Sunland, most of the night activities will consist of patrol and mop-up to a distance of 50-feet in from fireline.
Hand line construction will continue along with patrol and mop-up 50-feet in within the Pacoima Canyon area.
Crews will perform general fuel preparation for defensible space and structure protection south to Mendenhall peak, and from Rincon Motorway around to the Angeles Crest Highway.
On the east side of the fire (near the San Gabriel Wilderness) - crews will be constructing handline, holding fire spread, and conducting burnout if possible and as needed. The public may observe smoke and occasional flame pockets during operation.
It has been determined that the cause of the Station Fire is arson and is now a homicide investigation If you have any information or questions please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at 323-573-2387.
The Station Fire, named because of its proximity to a nearby USFS Ranger Station has burned over 230 square miles of land within the Angeles National Forest and near surrounding foothill communities of La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Soledad Canyon, Pasadena, Glendale and Sierra Madre. The goal of the Incident Management Team is to keep the fire west of Highway 39 and Angeles Crest Highway, east of Interstate 5, south of Highway 14, Pearblossom Highway, and Highway 138, and north of the foothill communities and the Angeles National Forest Boundary. The fire is moving into areas of the forest with no recorded fire history. If you have Google Maps, you can access the fire perimeter at CA-ANF-E5VL Station 9-3-2009 0327.kml
Tonight weather will be mostly clear with temperature between 64 - 74 degrees. Tomorrow will be in the low to mid nineties and 80 to 88 degrees in the upper elevations. The weekend should bring an increasing onshore flow and a cooling trend.
Photo: Greg Sweet