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Station fire is largest in L.A. County's modern history

September 2, 2009 |  4:30 pm

The Station fire is the largest blaze in Los Angeles County's modern history and is continuing to grow, said county Fire Department Capt. Jerry Meehan.

"This is the biggest ever," Meehan said.

He said the fire was unusual for other reasons as well, including that it was not wind driven and that flames reached reported lengths of 300 to 400 feet. Meehan studies the history of fires in the county and describes himself as "the wildfire guy".

"This is the hottest-burning, most damaging I've seen," he said.

The Station fire passed what had been the county's biggest blaze, the 1970 Clampitt fire.

But the Station fire is still much smaller than some of the biggest fires in state history.

The largest was the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego County, which burned 273,000 acres and 2,800 structures. The 2007 Zaca fire charred 240,000 acres in the Central Coast mountains. The 2007 Witch fire in San Diego County scorched 197,000 acres and destroyed 1,650 homes.

 - Ari B. Bloomekatz at Hansen Dam