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Station fire grows to 42,500 acres, destroying 18 homes

August 30, 2009 |  7:42 pm

Soledad600 Eighteen homes have now been destroyed by the Station fire, which has burned 42,500 acres in the Angeles National Forest, fire officials said Sunday evening.

The blaze is 5% contained. It continues to threaten Mt. Wilson, home to a 105-year-old observatory and transmitters used by television and radio stations, cellphone providers and numerous law-enforcement agencies, including the FBI, CIA and the Secret Service.

The fire is pushing toward the Acton area to the north and Sunland to the west. Firefighters were able to stop the fire from approaching homes in Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta.

-- Hector Becerra

Photo: Smoke from the Station fire billows over Soledad Canyon Road beneath a glowing moon in Acton. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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