And even though the fire moved deeper into the forest...it's STILL not out! 98% and counting. It started one month ago by the calender date but it's technically 4 weeks and 3 days. I've learned more about our local mountains, the terrain, the fuels, the people and equipment used in fire fighting than I ever wanted to know.
Reading on the Inciweb site tonight, the raw numbers astounded me:
Fire Name: Station
Geographic Location: Hwy. 2 North of La Canada - Flintridge, CA
Acres Burned: 160,577
Start Date: August 26, 2009
Time: 3:20 p.m.
Percent Contained: 98
Estimated Containment Date: Unknown
Structures Threatened: 0
Commercial Bldgs. Threatened: 0
Residences Destroyed: 89
Residences Damaged: 13
Commercial Prop. Destroyed: 26
Commercial Property Damaged: 22
Outbuildings/Other Destroyed: 94
Outbuildings/Other Damaged: 22
RESOURCES [currently being utilized. During the worst of the fire, there were over 2,000 personnel]
Approximate Personnel Assigned: 614
Air Tankers: 0
Hand Crews: 12
Cost to Date: $89,923,086Of course, the highest cost is not on this list...the lives of the two firefighters that were lost early on in the fight.