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Station Fire containment pushed by winds

September 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Wide spread areas of the southland are under a red flag warning on Tuesday.Heat, high wind, and low humidity has created a dangerous fire combination.

In La Canada people have gone through a month-long ordeal with the Station Fire. Highway 2 is still closed and covered with fallen rocks and destroyed guard rails.

Firefighters are are on hight alert with the wind picking up and they're trying to put out any hot spots before they can flare up due to the wind.

The Santa Ana winds have returned to the Angeles National Forest blowing the scorched landscape left behind by the fire.

Most of the flames have been extinguished but deep in the canyons and under the ashes is the potential to burn once again.

"If you had a fireplace and the fire starts to go out you blow air on it and that's what this is doing," said Rob Balfour, who is the incident meteorologist for the Station Fire. "

The Station Fire is the largest fire in Los Angeles County history and has burned more than 251 square miles without serious winds.

With the winds back firefighters are digging in and spraying fire retardant in sensitive areas and hitting hot spots with water drops trying to protect the 94 percent containment level.

"We feel very lucky, but we feel it's over," says La Canada resident Camilie Melbourne. "We hope it's over, we've had enough."

Firefighters had hoped to have full containment of the Station Fire by Tuesday but because of the winds full containment has been pushed back to midnight on Thursday.

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