Sierra Madre, CA September 10, 2009, 12:00 p.m. – Controlled Fire Operations Update
City Officials were briefed today on the Controlled Fire Operations that have been planned for the last few days. Late last evening, operations began in the extremely thick vegetation between Mt. Wilson and the Cogswell Reservoir. The burn was successful, removing brush from areas where anticipated Santa Ana winds could cause spotting. These important Controlled Fire Operations may continue for the next 24 hours or more, and only during optimal conditions for effectiveness and safety.
Residents may notice smoke in the area and may possibly be able to see some of the flames. Fire Officials would like to convey to the residents that although the situation may look somewhat dramatic, these operations are being conducted in a safe manner during the best conditions. A strong contingent of resources is assigned to this operation, and these burns will enhance the immediate and future safety of Sierra Madre.
The Sierra Madre Fire Department and City Officials will continue to closely monitor the Station Fire, which continues to be a slow-moving, terrain-driven fire that is now 71% contained and has burned 160,357 acres.
In compliance with an order from the US Forest Service and the LA County Sheriff Department, the City has closed until further notice Bailey Canyon, Mt. Wilson Trail and Santa Anita Canyon Road to Chantry Flats. These closures will be closely monitored and strictly enforced.
For more information, please tune into SMTV3, channel 3 on Time Warner Cable, or www.sierramadrepio.blogspot.com. eBlasts will also be sent out to registered users – to register for email alerts please visit www.cityofsierramadre.com, click on AccessSierraMadre, and then click CommunicationLink to register your email address.
The US Forest Service has set up a Public Information Hotline dedicated to the Station Fire in Angeles National Forest. The number is 626-821-6700 and will be staffed with live persons, 24 hours a day until further notice.