Station Fire, 9/1/09

It is hard not to be caught up in the drama of the dragon that is the Station Fire. Over 121,000 acres burned, or 190 sq.miles, 53 homes burned, 2 firefighters killed, and 3 civilians burned. Resources include: 3,655 personnel on it, 13 helicoters, 11 air tankers, 399 engines, 44 handcrews, 48 dozers, and 43 water tenders. Expected containment is not for 2 weeks. What a nightmare for all concerned.

LA Times reports today: “‘I’m feeling a lot more optimistic today than I did yesterday,’ said U.S. Forest Service Incident Cmdr. Mike Dietrich. ‘We made progress last night, not just due to humidity, but good darn firefighting. They’re fighting for every foot.’

And though officially the fire is still at 5% containment, Dietrich said officials will reassess that figure today and that he expected it to go up substantially. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No additional homes were reported destroyed, but damages are estimated at $13.6 million.”

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