Official involved in Station fire transferred from Angeles National Forest
The longtime supervisor of the Angeles National Forest, who had been a target of some criticism over the handling of last year's Station fire, has been reassigned to the same job in the San Bernardino National Forest, officials said Friday.
Jody Noiron, who has supervised the Angeles forest since 2000, was in a position to influence key decisions on the deployment of crews, equipment and aircraft during the initial attack on the Station blaze, the largest in Los Angeles County history. The move came on the eve of a scheduled meeting next week of a congressional panel to examine the response to the fire.
Noiron was traveling Friday and could not be reached for comment, but the U.S. Forest Service administrator who reassigned her said the transfer had nothing to do with the Station fire.
"I have all the confidence in Jody," said Randy Moore, regional forester for California. "San Bernardino is one of our flagship forests. We needed someone like her."
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-- Paul Pringle