Monday, August 31, 2009

August 27th 2009 California Fire Viewed from roof of home

Some video of the Angeles Forest Station Fire on Aug. 27th.Video is from various different points in the day, should have noted the time but I didn’t. Just footage of the fire from my roof.

Disabled audio.. nothing special to hear. Didn’t bother putting music, that just seems pointless.

Anyways, Hope it doesn’t get worse! Hope you all stay safe, as well as lose nothing due to the fires.

Take care,

Firemen die in

California inferno


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: “Please listen and follow the evacuation orders”

Two firefighters have died in California as they battled intense wildfires to the north of Los Angeles.

The fires, fuelled by record temperatures, are now threatening over 12,000 buildings, officials say.

Residents of 10,000 homes have been told to evacuate. State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger described the blazes as “still totally out of control”.

About 2,000 firefighters are trying to contain the fires, which have burnt over 66 sq miles (170 sq km) of forest.

County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant said the two firefighters died when their vehicle rolled off a hillside near Mount Gleason in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday.

‘Did not listen’

On Sunday, the wildfires rained ash on cars and homes as far away as central Los Angeles.

Flame retardant is dropped from a plane above forest near Los Angeles, 30 August, 2009

The fires were burning out of control in all directions, state officials said, but emergency crews were concentrating their efforts on the fast-moving northern edge of the inferno.

Firefighters were also trying to stop the flames from spreading up Mount Wilson, in the Angeles National Forest near the city of Pasadena, where many broadcast and communications antennas and a historic solar observatory are located.

On Sunday the fires were within two miles (3km) of the antennas, fire officials said.

Mr Schwarzenegger, who declared a state of emergency last week, urged people to obey evacuation orders, after three people were badly burned.

“There were people that did not listen and there were three people that got burned and got critically injured because they did not listen,” he said.

Two of those injured had been trying to shelter from the fires in a backyard hot tub.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the pair, in Big Tujunga Canyon, “completely underestimated the fire” and the hot tub provided “no protection whatsoever”.

‘Perfect storm’

Officials say the blaze is only 5% contained, with the area’s steep, rugged hills making efforts to fight it more difficult.

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Mandatory evacuation orders covering about 10,000 homes and 2,500 other buildings are in place.

Parts of Altadena, Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta are also affected.

Evacuation centres have been set up at local schools.

With forecasts of continuing hot weather, there has been speculation that it could take firefighters a week to bring the blaze under control, says the BBC’s David Willis in Los Angeles.

Wildfires are a feature of the Californian summer, but it is unusual for them to break so close to major population centres.

A number of other fires are also burning in southern and central California.

Fire menaces 10,000 homes 1:27

The growing “Station” wildfire consumes 20,000 acres, threatens 10,000 homes north of Los Angeles, California.

AmazingPicsRT @LIFE: California In Flames:

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Aug 30, 2009 One of the best fire photos ever. Date Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 11:03PM …. DC-10 drops on the Station fire near Acton, California, August 30, 2009. …. Firefighters reported 80-foot flames as the 15-20 foot high brush burned. Tujunga Canyon on Saturday where three civilians were flown out

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