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Winds hamper efforts to contain the Station fire

September 9, 2009 |  7:04 pm

Crews battling the Station fire today were focused on the eastern edge of the blaze in steep terrain in the San Gabriel Wilderness.

Firefighters were not able to conduct a scheduled burnout operation east of Mt. Wilson during the day because weather and wind conditions were not ideal, slowing down the operation.

“Most of the work is really being done inch by inch,” said David Ortiz, a Station fire spokesman. “It’s really steep terrain.”

Ortiz said the fire remained at 62% containment. It has blackened 160,357 acres and destroyed at least 78 residences, officials said.

The fire killed two Los Angeles County firefighters and destroyed dozens of dwellings, mostly inside the
Angeles National Forest. Officials have classified the fire as arson.

--Ari B. Bloomekatz

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