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  • Layer of smoke covers NH

    05/31/2010 9:24:33 AM PDT · by Poser · 20 replies · 646+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | 5/31/2010 | Union Leader
    A thin layer of smoke is covering much of New Hampshire today, spillover from more than 50 wildfires that are burning out of control in Quebec. The fires have been burning since last week over about 150,000 acres in central Quebec, north of Montreal and Quebec City, and about 500 miles north of Manchester.
  • Transient arrested in fire probe

    10/19/2009 6:03:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 696+ views
    LOS ANGELES — A homeless man was arrested and charged with arson for starting a tiny blaze in August near the spot where a gigantic wildfire erupted several days later, killing two firefighters, homicide detectives said Monday. Babatunsin Olukunle, 25, is the strongest lead to date in the arson investigation stemming from a fire that destroyed 89 homes, burned 250 square miles of national forest and killed two firefighters when their truck plunged off a road. It was one of the largest fires in Southern California history.
  • 'Person of Interest' Sought in Deadly Station Fire

    10/13/2009 11:48:45 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 17 replies · 620+ views
    KTLA ^ | Oct. 13, 2009 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES -- L.A. County Sheriff's detectives investigating the massive "Station Fire" want to talk with a transient they say started a smaller fire in the same general area days earlier. Officials are looking for Babatunsin Olukunle, 25, a Nigerian man who dropped out of the Unviersity of California, Davis in 2007, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Liam Gallagher. Gallagher says Olukunle is wanted for questioning in the Lady Bug fire, which broke out on August 20, six miles away from the Station Fire ignition point along Highway 2 near a ranger station north of La Canada Flintridge. "During...
  • California wildfire forces evacuations; destroys homes

    10/04/2009 3:07:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies · 477+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/4/09
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Sunday in San Bernardino County as a fast-moving wildfire burned through a national forest, threatening homes and forcing hundreds of evacuations.
  • Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Offers $100G Reward In L.A. Wildfire Arson

    09/04/2009 7:28:01 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 49 replies · 960+ views
    LA Times ^ | 09/04/09
    Authorities have traced the ignition point just off a public road and say they found the substance used to start the historic blaze, but they would not identify it. The so-called Station Fire has now consumed growth and structures on more than 150,000 acres, or more than 234 square miles. That's an area more than ten times the size of New York's Manhattan island. It's still not contained and has cost millions of dollars to fight with resources coming in from all over the country and Canada.
  • Cyanide Suspected In Sickening 7 L.A. Firefighters

    09/07/2009 8:06:25 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 14 replies · 2,121+ views
    NationalTerrorAlert ^ | 9/6/09 | National
    As the fire and homicide investigation continues, officials say several firefighters were exposed to cyanide gas in two separate incidents as they were mopping up hot spots near the small city of Acton on the northern edge of the massive blaze. The poisonous cyanide fumes are suspected in acute breathing problems suffered by Los Angeles firefighters battling the Station Fire in the Aliso Canyon. One firefighters suffered life-threatening respiratory arrest and remains in hospital after she was knocked out by noxious fumes on Sept. 1 near Acton. Two days later, six firefighters suffered severe breathing difficulties in another part of...
  • Deputies kill gunman near pot farm in Lytle Creek

    09/10/2007 4:17:35 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 37 replies · 1,242+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/10/07 | Sara Lin and Jonathan Abrams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
    San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies shot and killed one camouflage-clad gunman during a shootout this morning with suspects protecting a marijuana crop in mountains north of Fontana, officials said. Authorities said they are still searching for at least two other men involved in the shooting.Deputies working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had planned to destroy a large marijuana field near Lytle Creek in the San Gabriel Mountains, an area north of Fontana marked by steep hills and manzanita trees, said sheriff's spokesperson Jodi Miller. At least three people dressed in camouflage and armed with automatic weapons...
  • Tribute for men killed in Station Fire

    09/04/2009 11:21:29 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 30 replies · 1,092+ views
    KABC TV Los Angeles ^ | Sept. 4, 2009 | Staff
    LAKE VIEW TERRACE, Calif. (KABC) -- It was an emotional tribute for the 1,200 to 1,500 firefighters that gathered early Friday morning to say their personal goodbyes to the two firefighters killed in the Station Fire. Capt. Ted Hall and firefighters Arnie Quinones both died Sunday afternoon when their vehicle went over the side of a mountain. ..."It was just important to bring closure," said Paul Lowenthal from the Santa Rosa Fire Department. "It's not only a family within your own station. It's a family across the state, across the country, so we all look out for one another, and...
  • California Wildfire Started by Arson

    09/03/2009 6:45:14 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 15 replies · 752+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/09 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES, Sept 3 (Reuters) - A huge wildfire burning in the mountains above Los Angeles, the largest ever in the county, was started by arson and will be investigated as a homicide, authorities said on Thursday. The arson declaration was made after investigators found evidence of arson at the point of origin for the so-called Station Fire, which has blackened an area the size of Chicago, started. "Arson investigators from the U.S. Forest Service (and other agencies) ... have concluded that the Station Fire was the result of an arson," Forest Service Commander Rita Wears told reporters at a...
  • Feds: Calif. water crisis isn't Washington's fault (Delta longfin smelt and salmon win again)

    09/03/2009 5:23:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,673+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/09 | AP
    FRESNO, Calif. – Top Obama administration officials are taking California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to task for blaming the state's water crisis on federal environmental restrictions. The governor sent a letter to Washington Wednesday demanding a response to "catastrophic impacts" he said were caused by environmental rules that have slashed water deliveries.
  • Official: LA-Area Fire Human-Caused ("Station Fire")

    09/02/2009 1:22:11 PM PDT · by kellynla · 25 replies · 811+ views ^ | Sept. 2, 2009 | staff
    The monster Station Fire burning north of Los Angeles was human-caused, a U.S. Forest Service official said Wednesday. Meanwhile, fire crews prepared for potential setbacks because of returning drier conditions, reported. Investigators don't know specifically how the Station Fire was started but have enough information to determine it was caused by a person, the Forest Service's deputy incident commander Carlton Joseph said during a news conference. Investigators were determining whether the fire was accidental or arson and identified the point of origin as mile marker 29 on Angeles Crest Highway. Firefighters caught a weather break Tuesday when moister, cooler...
  • Feds Failed To Clear Brush In LA Wildfire Area [Enviro-Wackos]

    09/02/2009 5:04:44 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 24 replies · 776+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 09/03/09 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Some critics suggested that protests from environmentalists contributed to the disaster, which came after the brush was allowed to build up for as much as 40 years. "This brush was ready to explode," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose district overlaps the forest. "The environmentalists have gone to the extreme to prevent controlled burns, and as a result we have this catastrophe today."
  • NASA sat snaps LA wildfire ( Station Fire Just North of Los Angeles)

    09/02/2009 9:15:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies · 2,116+ views
    The Register ^ | 2nd September 2009 09:45 GMT | Lester Haines
    NASA's Terra satellite has captured a dramatic image of the Los Angeles "Station Fire" wildfire. It is one of at least seven conflagrations currently affecting California, which by yesterday had reportedly laid waste to over 133,000 acres and consumed 80 buildings. NASA explains: "The area covered by the image is 245 kilometers (152 miles) wide. Several pyrocumulus clouds, created by the Station Fire, are visible above the smoke plumes rising from the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles in the left-center of the image. "Smoke from the Station Fire is seen covering the interior valleys along the south side...
  • Southern California fire threatens historic Mount Wilson Observatory

    09/01/2009 12:54:39 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 99 replies · 1,919+ views
    The Scientific American ^ | Sept. 1, 2009 | John Matson
    The so-called Station Fire, which now covers more than 120,000 Southern California acres and is burning largely uncontained, continues to threaten the century-old Mount Wilson Observatory, home to astronomer Edwin Hubble at the time he made his landmark observations of the universe's expansion. The observatory is currently unmanned due to the fire threat and the attending smoke, but a webcam atop Mount Wilson's 150-foot solar tower has provided observatory managers and concerned observers with a view from the scene. At 12:55 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) the camera showed a great deal of smoke but no flames. ...According to the Los...
  • LA-Area Blaze Size Doubles, Threatens 12,000 Homes ( 11:02 AM PDT )

    08/31/2009 11:13:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 1,181+ views
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A massive fire in the Angeles National Forest nearly doubled in size overnight, threatening 12,000 homes Monday in a 20-mile-long swath of flame and smoke and surging toward a mountaintop broadcasting complex and historic observatory. The fire was the largest of at least eight burning up and down California after days of triple-digit temperatures and low humidity. The Los Angeles-area blaze had burned at least 21 homes and was moving north, south and east through the rugged foothills northeast of the city. Despite a lack of wind, the fire surged without letup by running through steep...
  • UPDATE 5-California wildfire more than doubles on sixth day

    08/31/2009 7:39:02 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 49 replies · 1,813+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 31, 2009 | Steve Gorman
    * More than 70 dwellings confirmed destroyed * Over 6,000 homes under evacuation orders * Fire crews retreat from key mountain summit (Updates with new damage toll, evacuees, news conference) By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Aug 31 (Reuters) - A massive wildfire roaring through mountains north of Los Angeles forced some firefighters to retreat on Monday as the toll of engulfed homes rose sharply and flames menaced Mount Wilson, a broadcasting hub and site of a historic observatory. Fire officials said at least 71 dwellings had been destroyed since the blaze erupted last Wednesday -- 53 clustered in the foothill...
  • LA firefighters killed trying to save inmate crew

    08/31/2009 7:16:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 1,645+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Aug 31, 2009 | N/A
    As the roaring wall of flame raged through the Angeles National Forest, firefighters Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones worked feverishly to protect their fire-crew camp, made up mostly of prison inmates. But all too suddenly, the fire invaded the campsite. Hall and Quinones shepherded 55 inmates and several corrections and fire personnel into a cinderblock dining hall to shelter them from the blaze. The fire burned through the camp, leaving it in ruins. The dining hall provided adequate shelter for now, but Hall and Quinones knew they had to get everyone to safety. So they jumped in an engine truck...
  • L.A. County Fire Has Destroyed 74 Structures, Remains Out Of Control

    08/31/2009 6:52:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 613+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 31, 2009
    L.A. County fire has destroyed 74 structures, remains out of control August 31, 2009 The number of homes burned by the Station fire has surged to 74 as the out-of-control wildfire pushed west and north, officials say. Fifty-three homes, mountain cabins and other buildings were destroyed when the fire swept through the hamlet of Stonyvale in Tujunga Canyon. Earlier officials had said 21 homes were lost, mostly in remote areas in Tujunga Canyon and south of Acton. The fire showed little sign of slowing down this afternoon as it threatened 12,000 homes in suburban tracts and desert communities, along with...
  • TV, cellphone signals from Mt. Wilson at risk (Ca Wildfires)

    08/31/2009 10:08:16 AM PDT · by Smogger · 25 replies · 1,119+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 31, 2009 | Corina Knoll and Hector Becerra
    If flames were to reach the top of Mt. Wilson, home to the region's TV and FM radio transmitters, what would happen? Severe damage could disrupt cellphone service, as well as television and radio programming for those who receive signals over the air. It also could interrupt some emergency law enforcement communications. ... Mt. Wilson is home to more than two dozen towers that occupy its peak just north of Sierra Madre. It supports antennas that beam signals for television and FM radio stations throughout the region. The fire also threatens the historic solar observatory atop the mountain, which houses...
  • Huge Blaze Threatens 12,000 LA-Area Homes; 2 Dead (Latest News: 06:30PDT )

    08/31/2009 6:46:31 AM PDT · by kellynla · 211 replies · 5,078+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug 31, 6:30PDT | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON and JULIET WILLIAMS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Firefighters tried Monday to hold back a massive wildfire from consuming thousands of Los Angeles-area homes and a crucial communications center as they mourned two firefighters killed when their vehicle rolled down a mountain. About 12,000 homes, as well as communications and astronomy centers atop Mount Wilson, were threatened by fire. At least 6,600 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders Sunday night and over 2,500 firefighters were battling the flames. On the blaze's northwestern front, two firefighters were killed Sunday on Mount Gleason near the city of Acton.