Station Fire still burning in Mt. Wilson root system

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From the Los Angeles Times:

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More than a month ago, the Station fire was fully contained by firefighters.

But on Mount Wilson, it doesn’t look that way.

There, Dave Jerasevich has looked out the window of the Mount Wilson Observatory and spotted several plumes of smoke in recent weeks since the worst fire in L.A. County history was declared contained.

“We don’t see a lot of fire, but we see smoke — and where there’s smoke, there’s fire, obviously,” said Jerasevich, the superintendent at the observatory, which was evacuated twice during the Station fire.

Firefighters have been called in. Helicopters too. They’re putting out hot spots where the fire smolders underground, burning through root systems.

If a gust of wind comes along, and there’s fuel present, those coals can become flames.

“The fire’s not out,” said Stanton Florea, a fire information officer for the U.S. Forest Service. “The fire’s not out by any means. Containment is when there’s a line around it. Control is when there’s no heat.”

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Written by Times Community News

November 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Posted in L.A. Times

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