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Containment for Station Fire pushed back

September 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The containment date for the massive Station Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest has been pushed back.Fire officials said Sunday they don't expect full containment on the fire until next Friday, Sept. 18. The previous expected containment date was Sept. 15.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Tom Debellis says crews Sunday are watching for flare-ups along the 120-mile perimeter of the fire.

The Station Fire has charred more than 160,500 acres and destroyed more than 80 homes since it broke out August 26. The fire was 84 percent contained Sunday.

Arson investigators believe the fire was intentionally set in an area near the Angeles Crest Highway. A $100,000 reward from the state and $50,000 from the county have been offered to find whoever started the fire.

The person responsible for the fire could face murder charges if they are caught. Two firefighters died when their truck plunged off a mountain road when they were fighting the blaze.

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