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Station fire is 60% contained; has burned more than 160,000 acres

September 8, 2009 | 12:29 pm

The deadly Station fire is now 60% contained, but winds have become a concern for firefighters.

The blaze, which killed two firefighters and destroyed dozens of dwellings, has blackened more than 160,000 acres over the last two weeks. In a sign of the improved conditions, the massive command center at Lake View Terrace was being dismantled and moved to Irwindale.

Winds blowing 30 to 40 miles an hour Monday energized the fire burning in the Pleasant View Ridge area of the San Gabriel Wilderness, north of Mt. Waterman.

Cooler temperatures and rising humidity this week should aid fire crews, who have had to deal with torrid heat  and dauntingly steep terrain.

Some back fires were temporarily postponed today because of winds.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the arsonist who set the fire.

The state has already offered a $100,000 reward.

-- Shelby Grad

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