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Forest Service Cover-Up of "Monumental Error" Alleged; L.A.Times

According to the L.A. Times Station Fire commanders failed to call in available air resources on day two of the fire. Had dispatchers followed through and ordered air tankers, sitting idle in nearby bases, the fire could have been hooked……

Snow Blankets 2009 California Fire Grounds

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The season officially ended last month but in truth the season never ends. With near certainty I think 2009 is done.

Wrightwood Evacuated as Sheep Fire Advances

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Update: The threat to the town of Wrightwood has been diminished. Winds subsided and firefighters have been conducting firing operations just east of the town. Air ops was just overheard on the scanner telling operations the fire looks “comfortable”.ABC7.com’s helicopter is having trouble finding live flame to film on the western head of this fire. […]

Early Santa Ana Wind Event Sparks up Ventura County

A Santa Ana wind fueled fire is burning out of control in Ventura County in thin fuel between the communities of Moorpark and Fillmore. The Guiberson Fire, also called the Fillmore Fire by local (L.A.) news stations has burned nearly 2,000 acres. The fire began along Guiberson Road mid morning today. No structures have burned […]

Station Fire Moves Towards 2002 Curve Fire Burn

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The Curve Fire burned over 20,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest along Highway 39 in September 2002. It appears the Station Fire is destined to meet the old burn as it moves steadily towards the mountain highway. Early on in the Station Fire Commander Dietrich stated his intention to keep the fire west of […]

Station Fire Flair Up, Advancing Eastward

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Station Fire Incident Commander Mike Dietrich stated at his 5:30 press briefing tonight, “We have not yet turned the corner on this fire”. The Mercury News reports per Dietrich that the fire has advanced to the east and southeast. The fire is now less than 5 miles from the community of Juniper Hills in the […]

Yosemite's Big Meadow Fire (update)

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InciWeb reports the fire is over 7,000 acres and is at 70% containment. There is an interesting image on InceWeb that paints a good picture of what the firefighters are dealing with in terms of terrain and fuels. I played around with Google Earth and thought these views from above the Valley looking west were […]

Station Fire Maps, Google Earth Views, Discussion

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The LA Times reports the Station Fire is approaching Santa Anita Canyon above Sierra Madre. Eighty historic cabins in the Chantry Flats pack station campground are threatened. According to the Times firefighters have been prepping the area for days in anticipation of the fire’s arrival. Pack animals have been relocated and the cabins have been […]

Yucaipa's Pendleton Fire

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Cal Fire is hitting the 640 acre Pendleton Fire as skillfully as they put down the adjacent 1,000 acre Oak Glen incident the day before. They make the near impossible look easy. The well trained and determined firefighters of Cal Fire are tasked with responding quickly to extinguish flames in a safe and expedient manner […]

Tanker 979 (747 Supertanker) Maiden Fire Drop

MyFoxLA was the first to follow the Supertanker as it circled the Station Fire and made its first drop on a live fire. This day has been long in coming for the people at Evergreen Aviation in Marana Arizona. The tanker offers up 20,000 gallons per load. Consider that Tanker 910, the DC-10 Supertanker delivers […]

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