InciWeb: Brief History And Use of Fire Retardant

InciWeb offers a nice review of the history of the use of fire retardant, what it’s mixed with, why it’s colored, or not and what it does.

This is a departure from the normal day to day individual fire facts and maps InciWeb is known for. It’s nice to see them branching out into education.

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Station Fire Update as of this morning. (From InciWeb)

Incident: Station Fire Wildfire
Released: 18 hrs. ago

Los Angeles County Fire Department transitioned out of the Station Fire Unified Command at 6:00 pm last night, September 8, 2009 and the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department transitioned out at 6:00 am this morning.

The fire is most active on the eastern and southern sides. Firefighters are planning to conduct a burning operation from an area east of Mt. Wilson to Red Box Rincon Road. Weather and burning conditions need to meet safety parameters for the burn out to take place. Air tankers and helicopters are committed to support today operation.

Over 400 firefighters will be creating a fuel break on the eastern edge of the fire in the San Gabriel Wilderness. The intended fuel breaks will extend from Mount Waterman southward through Twin Peaks to Cogswell Reservoir. Due to the difficulty of the terrain, the firefighters will be camping in the wilderness.

Crews continue to patrol and mop-up along Angeles Forest Highway 2, westerly around to Mendenhall Peak, southerly to the Tujunga Canyons following along the fire perimeter easterly to Inspiration Point. Firefighters continue to extinguish and cool smoldering embers around much of the remainder of the fireline. Mop up extends 300 feet into the interior of the fire.

Suppression repair needs are being assessed in all areas where firefighting activities have ceased.

Additionally, road crews from CalTrans and Los Angeles County are beginning work to clear roads of debris, repair damage and replace guard rails. Utility companies are beginning assessments which will lead to repair of powerlines and other utilities.

Various road closures remain in effect for safety purposes. Please see the following page for a complete list.

Fire Status

Fire Name: Station

Geographic Location: Hwy. 2 North of La Canada – Flintridge, CA

Acres Burned: 160,357

Start Date: August 26, 2009

Time: 3:20 p.m.

Percent Contained: 62

Estimated Containment Date 9/15/09

Cause: Arson

Injuries: 12

Structures Threatened: 3,850

Commercial Bldgs. Threatened: 100

Residences Destroyed: 78

Residences Damaged: 13

Commercial Prop. Destroyed: 2

Commercial Property Damaged: 1

Outbuildings/Other Destroyed: 87

Outbuildings/Other Damaged: 30

Resources

Approximate Personnel Assigned: 4,497

Helicopters: 20

Air Tankers: Available

Engines: 220

Hand Crews: 127

Dozers: 53

Cost to Date: $57,603,000