Thursday, September 3, 2009

Station Fire Press Release with attachment of Closure Order



Office of Emergency Management

1275 North Eastern Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90063

(323) 980-2260

William T Fujioka

Chief Executive Officer


John S. Fernandes






(Shelters, Evacuations, Community Meeting, School and Road Closures)


For Immediate Release

LOS ANGELES (Thurs., Sept. 3, 2009 – 4:00 p.m.) – The Station Fire started off of Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) about one mile above Angeles Crest Fire Station around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 26.  Los Angeles County Fire reported that this fire has burned 144,743 acres (that area encompasses 226 square miles) and is 38 percent contained as of 8 a.m., Thursday, September 3.  Approximately 10,000 residences are threatened at this time (500 commercial structures and 2000 outbuildings).  Over 4,735 personnel are working the fire.  12 Helitankers, 7 helicopters, 11 air tankers (including the DC-10, the 747 and the Martin Mars), 433 Engines, 107 hand crews, and 60 dozers are all working the fire.  64 residences and recreational cabins have been confirmed as destroyed along with 3 commercial and 27 others.  The Station Fire continues to actively burn within the Angeles National Forest and near surrounding foothill communities of La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Soledad Canyon, Pasadena, Glendale and Sierra Madre.  The fire is moving into areas of the forest with no recorded fire history.  To date, helicopters have dropped 1.7 million gallons of water and 18,000 gallons of retardant.  Air tankers have dropped 670,000 gallons of retardant and gel.


Two Los Angeles County firefighters were killed Sunday, August 30, as they were fighting the Station Fire. 


Six injuries have been reported. Law enforcement and Fire personnel are urging residents in the area to be ready to evacuate if near the fire boundary.  Do not hesitate to move to a designated evacuation center.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the burned area this morning, Thursday, Sept. 3.






The Governor proclaimed a state of emergency for Los Angeles County on August 28.  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency, Tuesday, September 1, due to the various wildfires.


Community Meetings/Station Fire Update:

  • Thursday, September 3, at 7:00 p.m., at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, 91107
  • Friday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m., Azuza Senior Center, 740 N. Dalton Ave., Azuza



  • U.S Forest Service (Lead Agency)
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department
  • Glendale Fire Department
  • Pasadena Fire Department
  • CAL Fire
  • Cal Trans
  • American Red Cross
  • Southern California Edison


Law Enforcement Agencies involved:

·        Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

·        LAPD

·        CHP

·        Glendale Police

·        Long Beach Police

·        Whittier Police

·        Orange County Sheriff’s Office

·        Monrovia Police

·        Huntington Park Police

·        El Monte Police

·        South Gate Police

·        Downey Police

·        Pomona Police

·        Bell PD

·        Bell Gardens PD

·        Maywood PD

·        Montebello PD

·        Vernon PD

·        Gardena PD

·        Hawthorne PD

·        Hermosa Beach PD

·        Inglewood PD



·        Manhattan Beach PD

·        Torrance PD

·        Redondo Beach PD

·        El Segundo PD


American Red Cross Shelters:

  • Golden Valley High School

(27051 Robert C. Lee Pkwy - Santa Clarita, 91350)

  • Marie Kerr Park Recreational Center

(2723 A Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, 93550)

  • La Canada High School

(4463 Oak Grove Dr., La Canada Flintridge, 91011-3797)

  • Verdugo Hills High School

(10625 Plainview Avenue, Tujunga, 91042)


Pet Evacuation Centers (Large and Small Animals)

  • Pierce College

39055 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills (can only accept horses, donkeys and mules)

  • Pasadena Humane Society

361 S. Raymond, Pasadena

  • East Valley Shelter

 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, 91405 - 888-452-7381

  • Baldwin Park Shelter

 4275 N. Elton St., Baldwin Park, 626-962-3577

  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster (will accept all large animals)

  • Lancaster Animal Shelter

5210 W. Avenue I, Lancaster (dogs)

  • Agoura Animal Shelter

29525 Agoura Road, Agoura

  • Castaic Animal Shelter

31044 N. Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic (cats)


School Closures:

The Los Angeles County Office of Education announced the summary information available at this time regarding public school districts impacted or potentially impacted by the Station Fire.  All districts that are currently in session will remain open on Friday, September 4.

·        Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District-Schools Not in session until Sept. 8

·        Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District-All schools Open

·        Arcadia Unified School District-All schools open

·        Burbank Unified School District-All schools open

·        Glendale Unified School District-All schools open



·        Keppel Union School District-All schools open

·        La Canada Unified School District-All schools open

·        Los Angeles Unified School District-School in the impacted are not in session until Sept. 9

·        Monrovia Unified School District-All schools open

·        Newhall School District-All schools open

·        Pasadena Unified School District-Schools not in session until Sept. 10

·        Saugus Union School District-All schools open

·        Sulphur Springs Union School District-All schools open

·        William S. Hart Unified High School District-All schools open

Mandatory Evacuations:

Glendale:  Dukmejian Wilderness Park

Pacoima Canyon:  Little Tujunga Canyon Road between the Wildlife Way Station and Dillion Divide

Angeles National Forest:  Entire eastern main body of the Angeles National Forest will be closed effective 12:00 p.m., Thursday, September 03, 2009, until full containment of the Station Fire. (*Please see attachment for the Angeles National Forest Closure Order*)


Open to Residents Only:

City of Los Angeles:

  • Riverwood
  • Sister Elsie Canyon
  • Blanchard Canyon


Road Closures:

  • Angeles Crest Highway between Big Pines Highway and the Angeles National Forest Boundary in La Canada Flintridge
  • Little Tujunga Road between Sand Canyon Road and Osborne Street to the Bear Divide Ranger Station
  • Sand Canyon between Placerita Canyon Road and Little Tujunga
  • Big Tujunga Road between Mt. Gleason Avenue and Angeles Forest Highway
  • Angeles Forest Highway between Aliso Canyon Road and Angeles Crest Highway
  • Chaney rail at Angeles National Forest gate

For more information on road closures access the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ website at





Information for Residents:

  • LA – Emergency Alerts
  • LA County 211
  • L.A. County Department of Mental Health ACCESSS Center 1-800 854-7771
  • American Red Cross-1 (866) GET-INFO
  • For area closures and current evacuation information check out the Los Angeles County Fire web-site at  Click on:  “Ready! Set! Go! For areas that may need to evacuate in the near future.
  • In the event of an evacuation recommended by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, residents are urged to register their telephone and cellular numbers at Alert LA County


Health Advisory:

Los Angeles Department of Public Health has issued a hazardous air quality advisory.  Poor air quality is rapidly becoming a concern due to falling ash and potentially toxic smoke from burned materials.  Health advisories and other public health information can be found at  Extreme heat continues to be a problem.  Residents are urged to stay indoors if at all possible.  A list of cooling centers operated by L.A. County can be found at:


Power Advisory:

Southern California Edison urges its customers in the Santa Clarita, Lancaster and Palmdale areas to conserve energy due to transmission lines that have been damaged by the Station Fire.  Edison officials asked customers to turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronics.


Customers are advised to keep flashlights handy in case a service interruption occurs, not to use candles for lighting because they could pose a fire hazard, and not to cook indoors with charcoal or other fossil fuels not meant for indoor use because they could turn deadly.


If a power outage occurs, one light switch should be left in the on position to serve as a signal when service has been restored.



                        OAI, Helen Hauze, Sheriff Headquarters Bureau (323) 980-2204

                        CEO, Office of Emergency Management, Anne Maria Tafoya (323) 980-2093









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