I’ve heard from Facebook friends and altadenablog that evacuation north of Altadena Drive is possible if the fire can’t get under control. Mandatory evacuations still underway in some areas. See below. I’m working on getting another update.

 

From Inciweb

Incident Overview

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The Station Fire is now at 140,150 acres. The Station Fire continues to burn within the Angeles National Forest and near surrounding foothill communities of La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Soledad Canyon, Pasadena and Glendale. Steep terrain, decadent old growth brush and hot dry weather are factors that drive fire activity. Evacuations, a forest closure order and temporary flight restrictions remain in effect.

The fire continues to burn actively in three specific areas. The fire has moved into the San Gabriel wilderness and has been making active runs through various drainages in the area. Mt. Wilson continues to be threatened as fire moves up on the north side. The possibility of thunderstorms brings concerns to the area as strong downdrafts can push the fire around the mountain creating a couple of fire fronts. Crews are committed to doing all they can to keep the fire from dropping down into the foothill communities around Sierra Madre. On the western area of the fire, there also continues to be very active burning in the Little Tujunga canyon area with rapid uphill runs.

The Southwest areas of the fire continue to calm down. Most evacuations in the area have been lifted as the fire activity abates. Lots of good line has been cut on the northern area, south of Highway 14, that will minimize any potential fire growth along this front.

The Northeast area of the fire continues to provide special challenges. The terrain is rough and access is limited. Crews will continue though to cut line in to tie in with preparation work that is being along San Gabriel canyon. San Gabriel Canyon continues to be the contingency point to stop the westward migration of the fire.

The morning will be the best time for crews to work directly at attacking the fire. As the day progresses and the sun heats the day, fire activity will increase. The public should expect to see active fire and perhaps columnar behavior as the afternoon progresses. Firefighter safety is always a priority. If the fire becomes too active crews will always take the safe course of action.

There are a variety of aviation resources available to this fire, including our typical helicopters and conventional airtankers. The helicopters are being used for a variety of Logistical and Operational type missions. Logistical missions including: moving equipment and firefighters to remote locations on the fire. Operational missions include providing water dropping support to ground fire fighters and structure protection. The conventional airtankers are dropping fire retardant in direct support of personnel and equipment constructing fire line, and structure protection as well as indirect line construction for perimeter control. In addition to these resources we also have available an unprecedented number of additional aviation resource that can be deployed. These include the DC-10 and 747 aircraft that have a capacity of 12,000 gallons and 20,000 gallons respectively. We also have the Martin Mars and 2 Canadair 415 water scooping aircraft available with a 7,200 gallon and 1,600 gallon capacity respectively.

All of these aircraft serve a purpose in different situations and conditions and we try to deploy them where they can do the best job in the safest manner. It is important to remember that all of these aircraft are support tools for the ground firefighter and do not “put out” the fire by themselves. Drops need to be followed up by ground crews and more importantly they may be totally ineffective due to high fire intensity or long range spotting of the fire. Visibility is also a very critical factor for aircraft as they need to have sufficient forward visibility in order to get in and fly safely. Fixed-wing aircraft will require increased visibility requirements then helicopters due to their higher airspeed and their inability to stop and hover.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:

ALTADENA AREA:

Open: Fair Oaks Avenue west to Arroyo Seco Road, with the exception of Prieto Fire Road and Millard Canyon north of Rising Hill Road, which remain under mandatory evacuation.

Closed: Chaney Trail and Alzada Drive north of Jaxine Drive

Closed: Areas east of Fair Oaks and north of Loma Alta Drive

NATIONAL FOREST:

Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Mount Gleason to Angeles Forest Highway

Little Tujunga Canyon Road north of the Little Tujunga Ranger Station and Gold Creek

Chantry Flats

ACTON:

Soledad Canyon Road from Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Bootlegger Canyon Road

Angeles Forest Highway south of Aliso Canyon

TUJUNGA:

Northwest of Day at Blue Gum Canyon Road to Glory Avenue to westbound Apperson Street to northbound Fairgrove Avenue to westbound Summitrose Street to northbound Pinyon Avenue to westbound Hillrose Street to northbound Seven Hills Drive to Lonzo Street

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS:

JUNIPER HILLS:

South of Fort Tejon Road from Mount Emma Road to Longview Road

LITTLEROCK:

Littlerock Recreational Area, Mount Emma Road & Cheseboro Road

GLENDALE:

North of Markridge road between Pennsylvania and Lowell

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