L.A. Station Fire Intentionally Set

September 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The firefight, north of Los Angeles is now, a homicide investigation. Investigators said the "Station Fire" that killed two firefighters was intentionally set.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is now looking for an arsonist. The fire has burned almost 150,000 acres, roughly a quarter of the entire Angeles National Forest. Dozens of homes have been destroyed. The fire is now 42-percent contained.

With cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels crews expect to make more progress this weekend.

Hand crews and bulldozers are clearing containment lines around the wildfire. Crews expect full containment next week.

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Closures:
Glendale: Dukmejian Wilderness Park

Angeles National Forest: an area closure of the southern portion of the Angeles National Forest is in effect until it is determined that it is safe to reopen forest areas.

Open to Residents Only:

City of Los Angeles: Riverwood, Sister Elsie Canyon, and Blanchard Canyon Pacoima Canyon: Little Tujunga Canyon Rd between the Wildlife Way Station and Dillon Divide

Road Closures:
Angeles Crest Hwy between Big Pines Hwy and the Angeles National Forest Boundary in La Canada Flintridge

Little Tujunga Rd between Osborne St and the Bear Divide Ranger Station

Big Tujunga Rd between Mt Gleason Ave and Angeles Forest Hwy

Angeles Forest Hwy between Aliso Canyon Rd and Angeles Crest Hwy

Chaney Trail at Angeles National Forest gate

Evacuation Shelters: Located at Golden Valley High School, Recreation Building at Marie Kerr Park, Verdugo High School.

Total Personnel: 4,847
Size: 148,258 Acres
Percent Contained: 42%
Estimated Containment Date: Tuesday, September 15th

Thursday night the fire showed low to moderate fire activity due to moderately cooler temperatures and slightly higher humidities.

The mandatory evacuation of Little Tujunga has been lifted.

Angeles Crest Highway remains closed and is the primary access route for camps , numerous private residences, and the Mount Wilson Communication Facility and Observatory. Multiple evacuation centers have been established. The Mount Wilson Communications is directly threatened. This facility is a major communications hub for all of Southern California.

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