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May 18, 2010 | Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
A group of former U.S. Forest Service officials is calling for a new and independent investigation into the agency's handling of last year's devastating Station fire, with many contending that an internal inquiry completed in November ignored critical missteps. That probe by the Forest Service's Washington, D.C., headquarters found no tactical errors in the initial attack on the fire. And in a key conclusion, it blamed hazardous terrain for the lack of a heavy air assault early on the fateful second day, when the blaze began to race through the Angeles National Forest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2010 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
A lack of communications with commanders and tactical decisions that now seem flawed probably contributed to the deaths of two firefighters killed while trying to defend their mountaintop camp during last summer's huge Station blaze, a multiagency inquiry has found. In a report to the Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Fire Department also cites a "perfect storm" of erratic winds and weather-warping heat that drove the flames through Camp 16, a remote outpost in the Angeles National Forest that had been out of touch with commanders managing the Station fire response.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2010 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Citing questions raised by the devastating Station blaze, a local House member has asked that Congress require the U.S. Forest Service to consider lifting a decades-old ban on the use of aircraft to fight fires after dark. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) proposed Wed- nesday that a panel of the House Appropriations Committee include in its 2011 funding bill a provision that the Forest Service conduct a formal study on whether to authorize night flying, something routinely done by the Los Angeles city and county fire departments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Kimi Yoshino, Jill Leovy and Rong-Gong Lin II
The last of the major storms to batter Southern California this week packed a wallop Thursday, with high winds forcing Southwest Airlines to cancel dozens of flights, twisters tossing vehicles and ripping through structures, and 20-foot waves pounding the coast. The storm departed with a climax of thunder, lightning and scattered heavy downpours Thursday night, capping a series of drenchings that began Sunday night. The accumulation since then -- nearly 6 inches in some areas -- sent mud sliding down streets in foothill communities hit by last year's Station fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has scrapped a plan to use a fire station in Malibu as a temporary location to house inmate firefighters displaced by the massive Station fire. Faced with opposition from residents, Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman informed the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in a letter that his staff would be looking elsewhere. Freeman did not specify why fire officials backed away from the proposal. But Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that transforming the fire camp, now a workplace for 30 firefighters and staff, into housing for inmates did not make sense near a residential area.
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January 17, 2010 | By Ann Marsh
Fire and the resultant threat of flooding and mudslides forced Bronwen Aker from her family's longtime home in the Big Tujunga Wash -- and devastated her finances. Single after two divorces, she was living in the forest home she inherited from her grandmother when the Station fire rushed through last summer. The house survived, but the fire denuded the ground and severely increased the risk of flooding, compelling her to move out. Now, the 45-year-old Web developer is paying rent on a house in Canoga Park while also shelling out for taxes and other expenses on the home in Big Tujunga.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' decision today to study an automated wildfire detection and response system was lauded by residents of wildfire-prone foothill communities, but fire experts are skeptical whether such technology exists or if it would be effective. The board authorized studying a 24-hour, all-weather system that could result in wildfires being put out within minutes of starting. "The Station fire graphically spotlights the need to study and identify solutions for establishing an automated early detection system," the motion by Supervisor Mike Antonovich reads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2009 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
As walls of flame from the massive Station blaze closed in on their remote compound, the mission of the crews at Fire Camp 16 suddenly changed from protecting their corner of the Angeles National Forest to saving their own lives. Two Los Angeles County firefighters approached the front line of the blaze in a heroic attempt to stop its march toward the camp high in the San Gabriel Mountains and were killed as the flames engulfed the landscape, officials say. Now, four months after Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2009 | By Paul Pringle
As walls of flame from the massive Station blaze closed in on their remote compound, the mission of the crews at Fire Camp 16 suddenly changed from protecting their corner of the Angeles National Forest to saving their own lives. Two Los Angeles County firefighters approached the front line of the blaze in a heroic attempt to stop its march toward the camp high in the San Gabriel Mountains and were killed as the flames engulfed the landscape, officials say. Now, four months after Capt.
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December 26, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
A human skull with a bullet hole in it has been found in the Angeles National Forest. Two hikers came across it Thursday evening on a hillside that had been burned in the Station fire. Homicide detectives are overseeing the investigation but don't yet know how long the skull was there, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. "It appears to be burned," Whitmore said. The Station fire, which started Aug. 26, burned 250 square miles of forest.
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