Station Fire, Los Angeles
Southern California's 2009 wildfire season kicked off today with this behemoth in Northern LA County.
The Station Fire (August 26 – October 16) burned 251 sq mi (64,983 ha) and destroyed 209 structures, including 89 homes. It started in the Angeles National Forest near the U.S. Forest Service ranger station on the Angeles Crest Highway (California State Highway 2). Two firefighters were killed on August 30 when their truck plunged off a mountain road while they were attempting to escape the fast moving flames.
At 160,557 acres, the Station Fire is the largest wildfire in the modern history of Los Angeles County.
I was recently tagged by my long-winded, far-sighted, ultra-marathon-running buddy in Singapore...
Thanks, Thomas! Thomas also just wrote my first (and last) testimonial (to make up for the tagging injustice). He really is one of the nicest guys I have ever had the privilege to meet on Flickr!!
So apparently I'm now going to have to sit down and write ten things about my least favorite subject.
This may take a while... I'm going to the beach to cool down.