This advisory announcement was sent out today regarding the follow-up meeting about the Congressional investigation into events surrounding the Station Fire. The full text is below for your convenience. If you want to download a copy of the original PDF, click here.
Special thanks to Duncan Baird for forwarding this info.
Pasadena, CA -Since the Station Fire hit Southern California in August 2009, devastating 250 square miles, killing two firefighters and leaving many people homeless, Rep. Adam Schiff (DCA) has worked with local fire agencies, the US Forest Service and many others to learn from what went wrong in the effort to extinguish the fire and implement changes to make sure those mistakes are not repeated. There has been some progress, although much more needs to be done, and Rep. Schiff is hosting a meeting with representatives of the Forest Service and the Government Accountability Office at the Altadena Library to inform residents about these efforts.
Moderator: Congressman Schiff
Speakers: Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation, U.S. Forest Service
Stephen Gaty, Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office, Natural Resources and Environment Team
When: Thursday, April 28
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Altadena Library
600 East Mariposa St.
Altadena, CA 91001
This latest update about the Station Fire and the Congressional investigation comes from Duncan Baird. If you plan to attend, please make sure you RSVP as instructed below. Let’s be sure to have a strong presence lest they forget about us.
From: “Saltman, Alex”
Date: April 18, 2011 2:22:43 PM PDT
Subject: Station Fire update
On April 28, Congressman Schiff will be hosting a meeting to update area residents on how Congress and the Forest Service are pursuing policy changes in the wake of the Station Fire. Representatives from the Forest Service and GAO will speak and take questions. You were all valuable participants in the Station Fire panel, and are in touch with some of the people most affected by the fire, so I hope you can pass along this message to people who might be interested to let them know of this opportunity to learn more about what Congressman Schiff, the Forest Service and the GAO are doing.
When: 10:30am, April 28
Where: Altadena Library, 600 E. Mariposa Ave., Altadena
If you can, please ask people to RSVP to Ann Peifer, our District Director, … so we can estimate the expected attendance.
Office of Congressman Adam Schiff
2411 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Last Tuesday’s Congressional Hearing featured two separate panels which presented information about the Station Fire to five members of Congress. The representatives from Congress present at the hearing were:
- Rep. Adam Schiff, California, 29th District
- Rep. Judy Chu, California, 32nd District
- Rep. David Dreier, California, 26th District
- Rep. Buck McKeon, California, 25th District
- Rep. Brad Sherman, California, 27th District
The two panels addressed slightly different, but related, issues. The first panel addressed the Station Fire specifically, while the second panel focused more on ways to improve fire response policies and procedures within the Forest Service. Copies of the written statements presented to Congressional panel are available for download and review. (Thanks, Bert and Ben!) You can also download all ten eleven documents as a single ZIP file.
Unfortunately, not all the testimony presented at the hearing is represented here. FWIW, I have made a formal request for a copy of the hearing transcript. As soon as I have it I will post it here.
Hearing Related Documents:
Panel 1 Documents:
- William A. Derr, retired USDA Forest Service employee, Special Agent in Charge of Law Enforcement and Investigative program, written statement
- Donald R. Feser, Fire Chief for the Angeles National Forest, retired, written statement
- Duncan L. Baird, Retired Fire Battalion Chief, Pasadena Fire Department, Big Tujunga Resident, written statement
- Forest Service written testimony, presented by Jody Noiron, Forest Supervisor, Angeles National Forest
- John B. Tripp, Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations, Los Angeles County Fire Department, written statement
Panel 2 Documents:
Updated: Oct 16, 2010 @ 17:45
I got a couple of weeks ago from another Station Fire survivor who had some concerns about the upcoming hearing on October 12. Specifically, she was worried that folks might not know how to find the courthouse, parking, etc. The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse is located at 125 South Grand Avenue in Pasadena. For some people the problem may be that the courthouse is in that part of Pasadena between the 134 and 110 freeways. It’s a wonderful area for architecture and history, but the neighborhood can pose problems for the directionally challenged courtesy of streets that dead-end, change their names or don’t line up in a clean grid pattern.
The neighborhood surrounding the courthouse is mostly residential, and the courthouse itself was originally constructed as a Spanish Colonial Revival style resort known as the Vista del Arroyo Hotel and Bungalows. As another resident commented, the courthouse is the only 8-story building in the area. In spite of the fact that it’s not clearly marked, there is nothing else that big on the street. It’s pretty hard to miss.
There is a parking lot across the street, but it is for courthouse employees only. For courthouse visitors, parking is available on the street, but much of it is for two hours only.
Recommendation: Arrive early and read all signage when you park!
More specifics are below. See you there!
The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse
125 South Grand Avenue,
Pasadena, Ca 91105
The hearing is scheduled to start at 9AM. ARRIVE EARLY!!!
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Read the letter
On August 5, 2010, some 341 days after the Station Fire decimated Big Tujunga Canyon within the Angeles National Forest, no less than seven members of Congress signed a formal request for an investigation into the Station Fire. That request, addressed to the Comptroller General of the United States, specifically asks for “a full and complete accounting of the events surrounding the response to the Station Fire Incident from its inception on August 26, 2009 until its containment on October 16, 2009.”
For those of us who lost so very much in that fire, this letter marks a major victory. Continue reading →