With the Congressional hearing about the Station Fire coming up next week, we’re seeing additional news in the local press. Thanks to Duncan for these links!
KTTV 11 – FOX 11
Feds to Examine Station Fire Response Next Week
Pasadena – A congressional panel investigating the early response to the Station Fire that scorched thousands of acres in and around the Angeles National Forest and killed two firefighters will convene in Pasadena next week.
Congressional Station Fire panel set to reconvene in Pasadena
A congressional panel investigating the Station Fire will reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Pasadena, officials said Monday. The panel, which includes several local members of Congress, plans to examine the first day of the Station Fire, which killed two firefighters, destroyed dozens of structures and blackened large swaths of the Angeles National Forest. The panel will be headed by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena.
Thanks, Duncan, for forwarding this info along. As soon as we hear about a new date we will let everyone know.
From: Duncan Baird
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 4:05 PM
Subject: Fwd: Station Fire event — POSTPONED
Begin forwarded message:
From: “Saltman, Alex”
Date: August 4, 2010 15:44:51 PDT
Subject: Station Fire event — POSTPONED
I apologize for the impersonal email, but the Speaker has called the House back in session for next Tuesday morning. This is highly unusual, and certainly something we didn’t expect at all. But it means that the Members of Congress will all be in Washington that morning, and that we have to postpone the Station Fire event. We are now working with the other Members to reschedule the event, and I will let you know as soon as we have news on that front.
I sincerely apologize for the trouble this may cause you. Please email me or call if you have any questions or concerns.
Senior Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Adam Schiff
2447 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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In addition to the news that the Station Fire Panel Discussion has been postponed, the LA Times has had two articles in the past two days discussing the Station Fire and further investigations into what really happened. Links are given below.
Forest Service investigates withholding of key Station fire information
August 3, 2010 | 4:32 pm
The U.S. Forest Service has launched an inspector general’s investigation and invited Congress to order a broad inquiry into last summer’s disastrous Station fire, after the recent discovery that dispatch recordings from the critical early hours of the blaze were withheld from The Times and a federal review team.
Federal inspector general launches probe of Station fire
By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2010
A federal inspector general has launched an investigation and the Obama administration has invited Congress to order a broad inquiry into last summer’s disastrous Station fire after learning that dispatch recordings had been withheld from a U.S. Forest Service review team.
The telephone recordings, from the critical early hours of the blaze, also were withheld from The Times, which requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.
The inspector general’s probe will focus on why the several days of recordings were not provided to The Times or turned over to the Forest Service inquiry, which concluded that the agency’s initial attack on the fire was proper.
Last night I finally made it to the Friday night meeting for Vogel Flats residents, and over the next several days you will be hearing more from me about it. But before I can take my night’s ease and try to get a nap in before tackling tomorrow’s tasks, I wanted to put the word out that everyone who survived the Station Fire, and I mean everyone, is thinking and worrying about what this Winter’s rains will bring down.
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Just a quick reminder that the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council is having a meeting Monday night with the United States Forest Service, County of Los Angeles, LAPD and LAFD regarding the Station Fire. The official agenda is below. For a PDF version of the flyer, click here.
FWIW, it seems the County of LA decided to pull the plug on our CHP coverage to keep forest visitors out. They have declared the canyon a “construction zone” and left signs, but without some kind of law enforcement reinforcement, the signs are worthless. I know that I saw a bunch of folks in the canyon while I was on my way to work this morning, and I’ve had reports from others to that effect as well.
The County’s “executive decision” might be something we residents should ask them about, especially since public dangers remain and clean-up of residences is not complete. Just a thought.
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