Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Geez Loueeeez

Car read temps up to 113 out there this afternoon. Bloody hell! Saw some magnificent drops of fozcheck and water. So many aircraft up there I’m amazed they stay out of each other’s way. And Cal Fire trucks everywhere. Altadena doesn’t usually have this many fit young men in its midst. Lots of testosterone hard at work. Thank you, thank you, thank you. More pix coming shortly.

From Alice again

Randii and my kids are watching the fires from a spot where they can see parts of the Meadows and La Vina

Fire has hit parts of what appears to be Rising Hill Road. Planes hitting it hard with retardant. Flames approaching a power tower on hill and flared up and heading to La Vina.


From Alice Wesson

Neighbors, have been talking with Schiffs office, the Supervisor’s office etc so I share what I have heard and what I can see from my driveway.

Neighbors like you all have been the best source of news and updates. The fire, in some locations, making its way down canyon walls into neighborhoods. Neighborhoods in La Crescenta are now facing fires in their backyards, there are some structures on fire in La Canada, and our friends in the Meadows are right on the edge of the flames if not impacted now.  This has been a turn for the worse in the last hour.

Another of the big issues that the firefighters are dealing with is keeping the fire away from Mt. Wilson…for obvious reasons that would be a disaster to our communications. 

Because of the extreme difficulty of the terrain, the heat, the winds etc, you have many agencies and many fire depts. all working together to combat the fire on several fronts.  

You can probably hear the drops going on.

The image I share is from my driveway. The Futermans across the street are watching the fire slowly make its way downhill.

As the USFS commander said this morning, the firefighters and USFS are looking for public support…and prayers.

Sussy Nemer of Mike Antonovich’s Office and William Sims of Adam Schiff’s office are trying to get as much info as possible out to us.  But frankly, we are the best source and in many ways this neighborhood is better prepared than most.,0,5292469.story

From Carolyn Seitz

Here’s an update on food requests.

Fire Station 11 tells me that they have plenty of food.  A local chef showed up at the Station and filled the kitchen with foods for them.  The same may be true for Fire Station 12.

Fire Station 11 also tells me that there is no way to know when or if any of the firefighters will be relieved from the fire lines or where they’ll be sent for rest.  He doubted it would be to the park.

Bob Klomburg suggested that it might be better to take any food we have that would have gone to the now canceled block party to the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.  

Generally at a major event, Incident Command has food and drinks set up for the firefighters and that is an area we can’t access.

They plan for that and prepare for it as soon as the emergency occurs.

If you’d like to donate food or meals, or drinks (water, juices and soft drinks), you can drop them off at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

Thanks very much to any who can help and very best wishes to all of the rest who are doing the best they can to take care of themselves.


Cruised around again, from Lake to the east to Glenrose to the west. Scary out there!

Pal Bob is in an evacuation area but hasn’t left yet. Access to northwest Altadena is blocked at many streets to allow the firefighters to work. Here are some more pix. The WhiteOut billboard is getting some unexpected attention. Where the hell is the TV coverage? Local news? On the weekend? Not when you need it! Stay tuned to our blogs!

Good News: Copters are flyin, water is droppin

From Carolyn Seitz:

Many of you may be aware that the fire continues to move east and is growing.  Flames are reported to be 50 to 70 feet in height, especially in the dense, brushy areas where the brush may also have been 20 feet high.

The Meadows area is under mandatory evacuation orders.

I understand that La Vina may also be under mandatory evacuation orders.

Chaney Trail has not yet been ordered evacuated, but they are prepared.

Millard Canyon was evacuated over the course of Thursday and Friday.

I hear from Alice Wessen that Muir High School has been set up as the evacuation site.  That should mean that the Red Cross is there and set up.

The Sheriff’s Department has many additional resources working up here to try to control the volume of looky-loos who want to see and/or photograph the fire.  Windsor, and many other streets in West Altadena were choked last night.  Nina Ehlig described it as looking like a big tail gate party on Windsor.  The bridge over the Arroyo was also choked with vehicles and people.

It’s important to keep evacuation routes clear, so please resist the temptation to tour West Altadena and the westerly end of North Central Altadena.

Please keep all of our friends and neighbors in your thoughts.

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