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Residents shocked by fire damage to Deukmejian Wilderness Park

October 12, 2009 |  8:45 am

The burned, crumbling hillsides of Deukmejian Wilderness Park were an alien sight to visitors who got an inside look over the weekend at what authorities fear is a disaster waiting to happen.

Canyons once covered in green chaparral were blackened and bare, sprinkled with gray ash, the product of backfires lit to contain the persistent Station fire that tore through a quarter of the Angeles National Forest last month.

Charred branches reached out of the dry earth like scarred fingers.

Pieces of broken rock, shattered by the fire’s high heat, lay scattered across the landscape.

“This is like a scene out of World War II,” said La Crescenta resident Les Soltes, who had grown accustomed to appreciating the green hillsides above his home before the fire.

Read the full story here.

-- Zain Shauk in Glendale

Photo: Area residents trudge through the now-alien landscape of Deukmejian Wilderness Park. Credit: Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press

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