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Station fire now 91% contained; weather slows blaze to a crawl

September 15, 2009 |  7:08 am

Fire The Station fire is now 91% contained as cool, moist conditions have slowed the once-mighty fire's growth to a crawl.

The blaze is expected to be fully contained by Saturday. It has burned more than 160,000 acres but grown little in the last few days. 

Angeles Crest Highway as well as the southern part of Angeles National Forest and Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale remain closed.

Air quality has improved to "good" and "moderate" levels in Los Angeles County after smoke from the fire prompted health officials to caution residents and warn against strenuous outdoor activities.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District has not issued a smoke advisory since Thursday and has since reported that most unhealthy air in the Los Angeles Basin is not attributed to the fire, said spokesman Sam Atwood.

"There is a small possibility where there could be some unhealthy air quality in areas that are directly impacted by smoke, but we just haven't seen that occurring in the San Gabriel or San Fernando valleys the last couple of days," Atwood said.

He said that air-quality levels, particularly in some of the foothill areas, had reached hazardous levels at the start of the blaze.

--Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Clean-up crews remove burnt trees along Upper Big Tujunga Canyon at Angeles Crest Highway now that the Station Fire has subsided.

Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los AngelesTimes

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