Cali 31 August 2009Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast.
Acton residents Arnold Torrez,73, left, Joseph Rini, 11, and Scott and Rosanne Wright watch the Station fire creep up the mountains not far from their hilltop home on Olson Road in Acton. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / August 30, 2009)
Station fire Flames from the Station fire sweep across Angeles Crest Highway. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / August 29, 2009)
Just drifts of quotes I pulled from the LAT LA Now blog:
Road signs had melted, guardrails were burned free of their wood moorings, and the switchbacks were choked with fire-loosened boulders and scorched tree limbs. – Mt Wilson Fire, early AM Monday, August 31
Couple of hours earlier at the Station fire, below Mt Wilson:
The fire is moving to the Mt. Wilson area. We expected that. The fire is moving east. We know there’s nothing we can do to stop the fire from reaching Mt. Wilson,” said Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Firefighters cleared brush around Mt. Wilson to create a buffer zone in hopes that flames would not be able to damage the communications towers and observatory.
About 10:30 Sunday night, Mike Dietrich, incident commander for the U.S. Forest Service, said he expected the fire to reach the top of Mt. Wilson soon.
“Mt. Wilson is not hit yet. It’s about a mile and a half from there. It could happen tonight, it could happen tomorrow. It’s not a matter of if, but when,” Dietrich said.
Earlier, late afternoon on Sunday, August 30:
The fire burning in Angeles National Forest is approaching the historic solar observatory and television transmission towers atop Mt. Wilson, according to Los Angeles County fire officials.
The communications towers house transmitters for every major television station in Los Angeles.
“We expect it to get there in the next two to four hours,” said county fire Capt. Mark Savage.
Crews were clearing brush around the structures, but fire officials were not sure if they could leave personnel on the mountain to fight the flames because of the danger and limited escape routes. The fire is less than two miles away.
“It’s a serious situation,” said Bob Shindelar, operations branch director of California Incident Management Team 5. “Is the observatory going to make it? We’re doing everything in our power. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it is impacted by fire today or tomorrow.”
We’re not mesmerised by fire, we are hypnotised by it. One of the few amusing things this go round, with some 17,000 acres burning from the top to nearly the bottom of the state, has been our weakling governator telling people to obey the mandatory evacuation orders. HA!