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Wildfire map: Cooler weather slows expansion, need for updates

September 4, 2009 |  3:37 pm

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The boundaries of the Station fire have not changed significantly in the last 24 hours, according to satellite images of the blaze taken overnight. Conditions on the fire lines improved considerably over the last 24 hours and a cooling trend this weekend promises to bring more relief.

Starting Saturday, we will no longer be updating the map regularly, unless there is a major flare-up. But our reporters and photographers will continue to be at the scene and will be posting regularly to L.A. Now. You can also sign up for e-mail breaking news alerts or follow @latimesfires on Twitter.

Firefighters now have 42% of the fire's perimeter surrounded, mostly on the northern and northwestern flank near Acton and Agua Dulce, and the southwestern flank above the foothill communities of Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Glendale and Sunland-Tujunga.

The fire continues burning to the west, where fewer than a dozen homes remained threatened in a remote area in Pacoima Canyon. Officials said battling the flames was difficult in an area with tall, heavy brush and steep slopes. To the east, the fire was moving slowly through the San Gabriel wilderness, and remained more than five miles from the suburban communities of Sierra Madre and Monrovia, which are not threatened at this time.

Farther east, at the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest, firefighters reported good progress battling the two fires east of Yucaipa, the Oak Glen and the Pendleton fires. The Pendleton fire was declared 100% contained at 7:15 this morning, burning 860 acres and destroying one home and one outbuilding. To its east was the 1,159-acre Oak Glen fire, which has destroyed one home and one outbuilding, and damaged another home. It was 95% contained. Officials expect that fire to be contained by Monday.

Please continue to comment on the map; your comments help us make improvements. And don't forget to check out our other interactive fire map that plots locations of Station fire photos taken by Los Angeles Times photographers.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II