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Live News videos from La Canada 8/28/09, Friday morning:

9:15pm, 8/27 thru 12:15am, 8/28/09 - KCHBlog brings us an excellent set of 3 photos, taken from the corner of Chevy Chase and Foothill, showing the progression of the La Canada "Station" fire over a three hour period, 

9am 8/28.09 - Pasadena Star News confirming KFWB reports that firefighters have lost all containment on La Canada Flintridge "Station Fire" - as of this report, there were 750 fire personnel fighting the Station Fire, one air tanker, four helicopters and as many as sixteen engines.

Noon, 8/28/09 Photos: The Station Fire Nearing La Canada Flintridge

2:42pm 8/28/09 - Los Angeles Times Local reports "La Cañada fire spreads toward Altadena; Big Tujunga Canyon Road closed",

6:38pm 8/28/09 Los Angeles Times Local reports "Firefighters battling La Cañada Flintridge fire on two fronts" and states "the La Cañada Flintridge foothills (has had) 1,200 acres burned and the fire (is) just 10% contained" ... "Mandatory evacuations were ordered for nearly 900 homes, and more than 600 were threatened this afternoon, officials said."

11pm 8/28/09 "Mandatory evacuations were ordered just before 11 p.m. Friday for residences on Greenridge Drive, Forest Green Drive, Ridge Court and Starlight Crest Drive, Big Briar Way, La Canada Boulevard north of El Vago Street, Hacienda Drive, Linda Vista Drive, and Alta Canyada Road as fires in the area continue to rage out of control." (KABC)

7:35am 8/29/09 "Mandatory evacuation notices issued to residents of La Cañada Flintridge" Pasadena Star-News

8am 8/29/09 Los Angeles Times Local: "La Cañada fire spreads in three directions, forcing more evacuations [Updated]"

8:45am, 08/29/09 "They are ordering mandatory evacuations everywhere east of Alta Canada (which as you may remember is near where the freeway dumps onto foothill Blvd.)  and North of Green Street (which is about 1/2 mile above Foothill Blvd) I still don't think we are in any immediate fire danger, but the smoke is so thick you could cut it with a knife.  Fire engines now  coming up and parking near top of Ocean View Blvd., waiting and watching hillside"  (emailed report from my father on western edge of La Canada).

Noon, 8/29/08 Damn it! The fire is worsening minute by minute.  The mandatory evacuation area is expanding rapidly, and extends all the way to the western edge of La Canada (top of Ocean View/eastern edge of Pickens Canyon.)   The homes most at risk first are the ones at the northernmost tops of the streets running into the foothills. KTLA does an excellent job of summarizing developments here:,0,5292469.story

12:30pm, 8/29/09  evacuation order description at:

3:11pm 8/29/09 evacuation order description UPDATED (now includes parts of Glendale, La Crescenta and Altadena)

8/29/09 Current air quality data information map from

5:30pm 8/29/09 Just spoke with Mom.  She has cell of neighbor that did NOT evacuate (do not try this at your home), and so Mom asked how her house was doing at the top of Ocean View.  The neighbor walked a block or two up to the house, and reported seeing fire partially encircling house, was burning back of property adjacent to National Forest property line, helicopters were dumping water directly on house and property, and a pumper was positioning out front as helicopter flew away.  

(I asked what the officials said as they saw a private citizen walking around after mandatory evic. order was issued, and Mom said they just took his name for ID purposes, told him it was in case they needed to ID his body later.).  

These firefighters deserve medals!

late afternoon 8/29/09 Video shot from Foothill Blvd. looking north, near intersection of Ocean View and Foothill.

10:00 pm 8/29/09 The city web site now lists some areas where mandatory evacuation is lifted and residents (only) may return to their homes. Go to the latest "Station Fire" update.

10:09pm 8/29/09 Firefighters expecting the worst in Briggs Terrace neighborhood in northeastern La Crescenta:

10:30pm 8/29/09 Latest evacuation notices:

8:30AM 8/30/09 Latest evacuation notices:

Google Map showing La Crescenta fire evacuation and road closure information

8/30/09 La Crescenta Briggs Terrace residents defy evac. orders, stay and fight fire all night long.

8/30/09 LA Times Local article with specific information about fire fight in Paradise Valley subdivision at top of Ocean View last night.

And, another great LA Times Local article detailing the overall fire situation and containing specifics about the fire fight at the top of Ocean View and Pickens Canyon area:,0,5964757.story

11:59pm 8/30/09 Pasadena Star News reports Station fire within half mile of Mt. Wilson communications equipment:

6am 8/31/09 Fire flares back up in La Crescenta, new evacuations ordered in the area located off of Rosemont , La Crescenta and Ramsdell and north of Rockedell, Pineridge, Mountain Pine and Markridge Road. Specific info from COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, Office of Emergency Management:

8am 8/31/09 Summary of school closures by KNX1070:

noon, 8/31/09 Summary of evacuations and road closures by KNX1070:

12:32pm 8/31/09 Los Angeles Times Local reports Firefighters creating fire break at Briggs Terrace in La Crescenta:

"and now, the rest of the story..."  La Canada Country Club explains water issue:

9:48pm 8/31/09 Los Angeles Times Local reports "Some officials say spread of Station fire appears to be slowing"

9am 9/2/09 Latest evacuation information from the La Canada Flintridge City Website Station Fire update (also has La Crescenta info): \

9am 9/2/09 Los Angeles Times Local reports Altadena still at risk,

The Air Quality Management District has informed the the public that smoke from the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest has caused Unhealthy to Hazardous air quality at times in the San Gabriel Mountains (Area 15).  Very high concentrations of fine particulates are occurring in areas of direct smoke impacts near the fire, especially the foothill communities of Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Tujunga, Sunland, Montrose, Altadena and Acton. Everyone should avoid physical activity in areas heavily impacted by smoke. 

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