Aug 30, 2009

Southern California Wildfire: 10,000 More Homes Endanged

The large fire near in San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles is now endangering over 10,000 homes and is not even five percent contained. Fire officials have ordered evacuations for neighborhoods in Altadena, Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in northern Pasadena is not to far from the fire, which is something that concerns both fire and NASA officials.

"Today what happened is what I call the perfect storm of fuels, weather, and topography coming together," said Captain Mike Dietrich, the incident commander for the U.S. Forest Service. "Essentially the fire burned at will; it went where it wanted to when it wanted to." Dietrich said he had never seen a fire grow so quickly without powerful Santa Ana winds to push it.

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