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2 firefighters killed battling Station Fire

August 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Officials say two firefighters have been killed when their vehicle rolled off a mountainside as they battled the massive Station Fire in northern Los Angeles County. Fire Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones were killed when they were overrun by the fast-moving fire, which approached Fire Camp 16 on the Station Fire incident.

County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant said at a Sunday news conference that the two men were amid intense fire near Mt. Gleason in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday afternoon when the vehicle crashed.

Fire Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall was 47 years of age and was a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 26 years. Captain Hall lived in San Bernardino County, California.

Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones was 35 years of age, and was a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 8 years. Specialist Quinones lived in Palmdale, California.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The latest on the fire is as follows:

  • 42,500 acres burned
  • 5 percent contained
  • Four injuries
  • Two firefighters killed
  • 18 structures destroyed in the Angeles National Forest
  • 10,000 residents threatened
  • 500 commercial properties are threatened
  • 2,800 fire personal on scene, 290 fire engines
  • Fire cost: $7,671,000

When the blaze reached about 3 miles from the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway near Acton, people south of the freeway were being ordered to evacuate, officials said.

Following is a list of other areas ordered evacuated due to the Station Fire:

Acton:

  • South of Soledad Canyon Road from Highway 14 to Crown Valley Road
  • Aliso Canyon Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Soledad Canyon Road
  • Areas east of Soledad Canyon Road at Acton are in danger.

La Canada-Flintridge:

  • Starlight Crest Drive north to Green Ridge Court, including Forest Green Drive
  • Big Briar Way at Haskel
  • Donna Maria Lane, Indian Drive, Hacienda Drive, Alta Canada Road north of Linda Vista, La Canada Boulevard north of El Vago Street
  • Meadows Tract, Canyon Ridge to Aralia Road, north of Loma Alta
  • Big Tujunga Canyon between county Camp 15 and the Ranger Station as well as Camp Colby
  • Ocean Boulevard north of Fairhurst Drive
  • Little Tujunga from Gold Creek to Osborne
  • Briggs Avenue to north of Shields Street between Goss Canyon and Canyonside Road including Arroyo Drive and connecting streets
  • Briggs Ave. to Pennsylvania north of Harmony Place
  • All camps on upper Big Tujunga Road from the Ranger Station at East Angeles Crest Highway north to Chilao
  • All homes north of Loma Alta Drive between Lake Avenue and Canyon Crest above the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including Camp Chiquita
  • Homes on Riverwood Drive near Big Tujunga Canyon Road
  • Alpine Village east of Big Tujunga Canyon Road
  • Residents only will be allowed back into the area of Vista Del Valle Road west of Angeles Crest Highway and La Canada Boulevard north to El Vago Street west to Linda Vista Driver north to Alta Canyada Drive
  • Homes east of Jessen Drive, northeast of Los Amigos St. east of Castle Road and east of Ocean View Road

Altadena:

  • Canyon Dell Drive area, one mile northeast of JPL. The area includes houses on Canyon Crest Road, Aralia Road, Rising Hill Road and smaller streets accessed by those streets. This area is west of Millard Canyon, east of Arroyo Seco and north of Hahamongna Watershed Park.

Glendale:

  • Santa Carlotta north between Pennsylvania and Lowell

La Crescenta:

  • Briggs Terrace area off Shields Street, above Briggs Avenue

A voluntary evacuation was in effect for the Florecita neighborhood, in northwest Pasadena, including Florecita Drive, Florecita Way, Florecita Lane and Florecita Terrace, said city spokeswoman Ann Erdman.

Evacuation centers have been set up throughout the area to assists people forced from their homes.

Evacuation Centers are located at:

  • La Canada High School, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Canada
  • Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta
  • Verdugo Hills High School, 10625 Plainview Avenue, Tujunga
  • Marie Kerr Park, rec center, 39700 30th St. West, Palmdale (moved from Highland High School)
  • Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita

Pet Evacuation Centers for large or small animals:

  • La Canada High School
  • Pasadena Humane Society, 361 S. Raymond, Pasadena
  • Loma Alta County Park at Lincoln and Loma Alta, Altadena
  • Humane Society, 401 N. Verdugo, Glendale
  • East Valley Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys
  • Baldwin Park Shelter, 4275 N. Elton St., Baldwin Park

Pierce College in Woodland Hills and the Lancaster Fairgrounds are boarding horses and other big animals displaced by the Station Fire.

The fire is also threatening the Santa Clarita Valley, broadcast facilities on Mount Wilson and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge.

A slight drop in temperatures coupled with the additional fire is expected to bring some relief Sunday. However, air quaility in the area remains poor. Officials issued a smoke advisory for areas of the Southland on Sunday.

As a result of the smoky fires, the air quality is unhealthy in parts of the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, the south and southwest Los Angeles County coastal areas, the Hemet/San Jacinto area and the west San Bernardino Mountains, said Sam Atwood of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

All individuals are urged to exercise caution today and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke. The advisory includes areas where residents can see or smell smoke.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said two people tried to ride out evacuations Big Tujunga Canyon in a backyard hot tub and were critically burned.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Sunday that the pair "completely underestimated the fire" and the hot tub provided "no protection whatsoever."

The two individuals made their way to firefighters Saturday and were airlifted out by a sheriff's rescue helicopter.

Whitmore says the two people received adequate notification to evacuate from deputies but decided to stay.

Fire officials said the fire is about 5 percent contained and don't expect full containment until later next week.

Three people were hurt Saturday -- two in the Big Tujunga Canyon area and one off Highway 2 near Mount Wilson.

In response to the fires the Glendale Unified School district cancelled classes at all of its 30 campuses. Monday was to be the first day of school.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for L.A. County on Friday due to the fires in the area. The Governor urged residents not to stick around in evacuation areas.

The Station Fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest at about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, and kicked up late Thursday afternoon.

The Morris Fire, which is burning west of the Morris Reservoir, was 95 percent contained as of Sunday.

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for Camp Williams. Voluntary evacuations are in effect for Rainbow Ranch.

An evacuation center is staged at El Robles Intermediate School, 66 N. Mountain Ave, Claremont.

Highway 39, East Fork Road and Glendora Mountain Road are closed to the public.

The Morris Fire started late Tuesday afternoon near San Gabriel Canyon Road and the Morris Dam and Reservoir. Since then, 2,168 acres have burned. Crews expect to have the blaze fully contained by Tuesday, September 1.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed, but three firefighters received minor injuries while fighting the Morris Fire.

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