Paul Pringle has done it again, bringing to light the cover-up in the USFS “investigation” of the Station Fire.
For full details, go to the L.A. Times article:
U.S. failed to fill order for aircraft in Station fire
The agency didn’t press to get tankers in the air quickly, despite its own commanders’ urgent request, records and interviews show.
Here are a few links from the LA Times showing the extent of damage in La Cañada Flintridge due to the recent mudslides. So far the cabins in Big Tujunga Canyon have avoided this fate, although there has been damage to several roads and nearly every drainage culvert has been filled. Hopefully, the worst is over and the rains for the rest of the season will be light and moderate. Keep your fingers crossed.
Graphic: Damaged homes
Video & Article
City Crews Doing Debris Pick-Up in Mudslide Areas
Panorama: Mudslide aftermath on Manistee Drive in La Cañada Flintridge
As predicted, the winter storms have caused damage to homes in the La Cañada Flintridge area. The LA Times has reported over 40 homes damaged and hundreds of people evacuated, with more of both likely given that another storm is on its way tonight.
For more details, follow the links below.
PHOTOS: Storms pound the Southland
Mandatory evacuations ordered for 500 homes
LA Now – Keyword = Mudslides
As reported by Paul Pringle at the LA Times
A local House member says he will ask Congress to launch an inquiry next month into the U.S. Forest Service’s response to the Station fire, including a decision to withhold water-dropping aircraft during the critical second day of the blaze.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) made the announcement after The Times reported Monday that records contradict the Forest Service’s position that steep terrain prevented the agency from using helicopters and tanker planes to attack the fire in the hours before it began raging out of control.
“Congress really ought to investigate and determine if the right calls were made,” Schiff said. “I hope that we can have an oversight hearing and get to the bottom of this.”
For the full story, go to:
Paul Pringle at the LA Times is still investigating the handling of the station Fire at its outset. For those of us who lived through it, there are no surprises, but, speaking for myself, it’s nice to get empirical confirmation. I only hope that as the truth is documented and laid bare, that it helps open doors for us to renew and rebuild in the wake of the Inferno.