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Station fire containment date extended to Thursday

September 22, 2009 | 10:05 am

Fire officials for the third time have postponed the date for full containment of the Station fire in the Angeles National Forest in anticipation of rising temperatures, gusty winds and a drop in humidity.

A red-flag warning was issued for Los Angeles County by the National Weather Service late Monday and has been extended through Thursday evening, prompting U.S. Forest Service officials to push back their containment date for the massive blaze until the warning expires.

Firefighters today will keep a close eye on the fire as Santa Ana winds are expected late tonight. The Station fire, which is currently burning in the Mt. Wilson area of the national forest, has destroyed about 160,000 acres and was 94% contained, said Jay Nichols, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

-- Ruben Vives