NOTE: The Station Fire has grown dramatically. To read the Sunday update of this story, click here.
Throughout the day, residents of the Santa Clarita Valley have seen headers from the Station Fire, which started Wednesday afternoon and has burned 5,500 acres in the Altadena/La Canada area. While the fire is not in our area, smoke is drifting and creating unhealthful air quality, so residents should stay inside and restrict outdoor activities if possible.
The Station Fire is only five percent contained, full containment is hoped for by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. Part of the problem is that the dense fuel being consumed in this fire has not burned for 40 years.
The City-sponsored Concerts In the Park is going on as scheduled with a 7 p.m. performance by Boogie Knights in Central Park, where earlier in the day a Youth Sports festival was held.
A hiker was reported missing in the fire area, causing the activation of the Santa Clarita Valley Search and Rescue unit. According to the Santa Clarita Valley watch commander, the station’s Reserve Deputies are being activated and a the station is sending personnel down to the fire command post at the Hansen Dam to assist with evacuations and other support services required for public safety.
The following is a report from fire officials. Updates on all fires burning in the Southland are available at inciweb.org. The Station Fire started off Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) about one mile above Angeles Crest Fire Station around 3:30pm Wednesday August 26, 2009. Angeles Crest Highway is closed from the Angeles National Forest boundary past Clear Creek.
As a result of extreme fire activity, and to protect public health and safety, Angeles National Forest officials are implementing an area closure of the Big Tujunga and Arroyo Seco Canyons and other lands in the vicinity of this fire. This closure is in effect until cancelled. Please see “closures” for the complete closure order.
3 injuries have been reported. Be ready to evacuate if you are near the fire boundary. Do not hesitate to move to an evacuation center.
Mandatory evacuations in the City of Glendale north of Santa Carlotta St between Lowell and Pennsylvania. A new evacuation center is located at the Civic Auditorium at 1401 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale
Mandatory evacuations in Big Tujunga Canyon between County Camp #15 and the Ranger Station as well as Camp Colby which is located at 23828 Angeles Crest Highway.
Mandatory evacuations include east of Ocean View Blvd, north to High Rim Rd and south to Fairhurst Drive.
Mandatory evacuations include north of Vista de Valle, east to Crest Drive, west to Palm Drive and everything north.
Mandatory evacuations include El Prieto Road south to Canyon Crest Rd east to Canyon Ridge Drive and west to Aralia Rd.
Mandatory evacuations are in effect from Starlight Crest Drive North to Green Ridge Court, including Forest Green Drive. Also, Big Briar Way at Haskel, and Donna Maria Lane, Indian Drive, Hacienda Drive, Alta Canada Road, north of Linda Vista, and La Canada Blvd, north of El Vago Street.
An evacuation center has been established at La Canada High School, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Canada, CA