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Station fire containment delayed again

September 14, 2009 2:18:38 PM PDT
Firefighters continued to make progress Monday afternoon on the Station Fire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains, but fire officials now say it will take them four days longer than anticipated to surround the fire completely. They had originally estimated to have full containment by Tuesday but changed it to Saturday. Fire officials say their revision came after weather related delays in controlled burned operations, designed to clear out dry brush that could help propagate the fire. Helicopter crews also identified a large number of hot spots with infrared cameras from the air.

The three-week-old wildfire is the largest in the history of Los Angeles county, with 160,557 acres burned so far and 89 homes destroyed.

Right now it's 87-percent contained. Crews are slowly gaining the upper hand despite being reduced over the weekend to about 1,192 firefighters.

The costs associated with fighting the massive fire are estimated at $92.6 million.

Meanwhile a reward totaling $150,000 dollars is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist who started the deadly fire.

Two firefighters were killed when their truck plunged off a mountain road. Capt. Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County, and firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 35, of Palmdale were honored during a public ceremony Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

For now, air quality in many areas has returned to "acceptable levels." The South Coast Air Quality Management District says residents in the immediate vicinity of the fire are still urged to be cautious and stay indoors whenever possible.

AP contributed to this report.

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