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Fire map updated: Backfires on the fringes; some campgrounds saved

September 10, 2009 |  3:05 pm

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Cooler weather and improved conditions today have finally allowed firefighters to set backfires on the massive Station fire's eastern flank. Officials have long sought to begin the backfire operation, planned since the beginning of the week, to remove fuels surrounding the fire and prevent its spread to the south and east.

Today's map displays a number of new features. Orange lines indicate the approximate location where firefighters are attempting to set backfires, on the southeastern edge along the Rincon Red Box Truck Trail between Mt. Wilson and Monrovia Peak, and on the eastern fringe, roughly between the Cogswell Reservoir area, parallel to Chileno Canyon in the San Gabriel Wilderness, north to Mt. Waterman.

The fire's rate of growth remains small, and firefighters have been making gains on surrounding it. It is 71% contained.

We've also been updating the map with reports about individual campgrounds and picnic areas that have been damaged or spared in the fire.

Keep track of the latest news by visiting The Times' L.A. Now wildfires page and our @latimesfires Twitter feed.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II and Ari B. Bloomekatz

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Photos: Wildfires | 360° view | High-res | Mapped Interactive map: The Station fire

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