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Station fire consumes 154,655 acres, moves through San Gabriel Wilderness

September 4, 2009 |  6:42 pm

The Station fire has grown to 154,655 acres and remains at 42% containment, fire authorities said this evening.

While crews have made good progress on the "back end" of the blaze near Pacoima Canyon, flames continue to spread in the San Gabriel Wilderness at the eastern edge, said Incident Commander Mike Dietrich.

Dietrich said crews today were able to close the fire line around Pacoima Canyon and that it was "no small feat" because the brush is so tall and thick there, and the terrain so steep, Dietrich said.

He said the northern perimeter of the fire was "very secure" and that the priorities moving forward remained in the San Gabriel Wilderness and in the Chilao area. Jody Noiron of the U.S. Forest Service said that officials with her agency were already contacting federal resource groups about how to move forward after the flames are extinguished.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz at Hansen Dam