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Eastern flank of Station fire still active, calmer elsewhere

August 30, 2009 | 10:57 pm

Just after 10 p.m., the fire appeared to be calming down in most areas except for the eastern flank, where flames were still headed toward Mt. Wilson.

“The fire is moving to the Mt. Wilson area. We expected that. The fire is moving east. We know there’s nothing we can do to stop the fire from reaching Mt. Wilson,” said Capt. Mark Savage of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Firefighters cleared brush around Mt. Wilson to create a buffer zone in hopes that flames would not be able to damage the communications towers and observatory.

About 10:30 Sunday night, Mike Dietrich, incident commander for the U.S. Forest Service, said he expected the fire to reach the top of Mt. Wilson soon.

“Mt. Wilson is not hit yet. It’s about a mile and a half from there. It could happen tonight, it could happen tomorrow. It’s not a matter of if, but when,” Dietrich said.

Flames did reach the Soledad Canyon area near Acton, but firefighters with bulldozers and aircraft stopped the fire's progress there and no threatened homes were burned.

-- Hector Becerra at Hansen Dam