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Mandatory fire evacuations ordered for parts of La Cañada Flintridge [Updated]

August 28, 2009 | 11:39 pm

Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for scores of homes in the area of La Cañada Flintridge Golf Course tonight as the Station fire continued to spread.

Authorities ordered evacuations along Briartree Drive,  Starlight Crest Drive, Greenridge Drive, Forest Green Drive and Ridge Court, said Sgt. Daniel Stanley of the Sheriff’s Department. The communities are east of the Angeles Crest Highway.

[Updated 12:03 a.m.: Briartree Drive is no longer under an evacuation order]

Kevin Chun, the director of administrative services for La Cañada Flintridge, said that at about 11 p.m., the city sent reverse 911 calls to about 150 homes urging residents to evacuate. He said the area had been under voluntary evacuation for about 24 hours.

“Apparently the situation out there has become a little more critical,” Chun said. “Deputies are out in the field going door to door, telling people to leave.”

Residents were asked to assemble their families and leave the area. An evacuation center has been set up at La Cañada High School, at 4463 Oak Grove Drive, where the Red Cross will help those from the evacuation area.

The fire had burned slowly but erratically for much of the day Friday. Efforts to battle the blaze have been hampered by steep slopes, record high temperatures and thick vegetation. In some cases, the vegetation has grown to heights of between 15 and 20 feet and has not been thinned by fire in almost 40 years, according to authorities.

-- Hector Becerra