The Station Fire

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Station Fire “How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?” The Station fire started Wednesday August 26th, 2009 at approx. 03:30 PM at the Los Angeles River Ranger District / Angeles National Forest, burning over 250 square miles equivalent to 160,577 acres. This fire has claimed the lives of 2 L.A. county fire fighters. Even though the Station Fire was controlled using the unified command with experienced personal, was the number of resources assigned, the level of training of officers, and response time adequate for such a large and devastating wild land fire? On Wednesday, August 29th the station fire was first reported at approximately 1520 hours by a walk in report to Angeles Crest Ranger Station, soon after Los Angeles County Fire Department receive a 911 report at 1522 hours of a bush fire off Angeles crest highway near mile marker 29. Initial size up from ANF equipment was “Three areas and running” at 1531. By 1536 the fire was growing and was reported at 10 areas in heavy brush with a rapid rate of spread. The next report of conditions given by LA county Fire Department BC6 was 25-30 areas with minimal fire active flame. Unified command was establish on August 27 at 1340 hours. The station fire continued to grow over the next three days headed in a northeast direction. This fire was driven by fuel topography and weather creating a rapid fire spread with heavy spotting. On August 29 the fire was approaching L.A. county CDC camp 16 toward Mount Gleason Road approximately 8 miles away from camp 16. On the morning of August 29 Camp Superintendent Tedmund Hall and Foremen Arnaldo Quinones Fire Fighter Specialists assigned as Camp Foremen met with t... ... middle of paper ... .... 2) Unknown. "Incident Information System: Station Fire." InciWeb the Incident Information System: Current Incidents. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. . 3) Unknown. "Incident Information System: Station Fire." InciWeb the Incident Information System: Current Incidents. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. . Works Cited 1) Unknown. "Fire Quotes." The Quote Garden - Quotes, Sayings, Quotations, Verses. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. . 2) Unknown. "Incident Information System: Station Fire." InciWeb the Incident Information System: Current Incidents. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. . 3) Unknown. "Incident Information System: Station Fire." InciWeb the Incident Information System: Current Incidents. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. .
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