The Los Angeles County Public Works Department has announced that due to the forecast weekend storm, it will close public access to almost all County roads within the Station Fire burn area as of 12 noon tomorrow, Friday, February 5, 2010.
The segment of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, from the Los Angeles City limit to Vogel Flats Road, will remain open to residents and construction crews. However, the road will be closely monitored during the storm and subject to closure if conditions warrant.
The remainder of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, the Angeles Forest Highway, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, will close to all traffic except emergency vehicles, including Public Works personnel. Residents living in the burn areas will not be permitted to use the roads until the closures are lifted after the threat of rain or the storm system has passed and roadway debris and damage inspections are completed. Angeles Crest Highway (SR2) remains closed to all traffic.
For the latest CARE advisories, go to:
This call for help with the coming storms comes from local realtor and Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Member, Tomi Bowling:
We have on our list of Emergency Call outs: access to a group of nursing students, a possible ham radio operator, people to handle traffic control, labor for sandbagging, logistics drivers, help with evacuees, a paramedic, someone managing logistics for the schools/evac centers, few people with pick up trucks, a place to house up to 30 horses, we need more.
We also have someone organizing places for people to go and hang out or stay. We need to have it all organized by Monday. It starts tomorrow and by Monday we should have had our first few inches of rainfall. We have around 30. We need a lot more. Please contact Tomi Bowling and let me know what you are available for. 818-353-9143. Please step up.
Admininstrator/Exec. Comm./Case Mgmt. Comm. – SFV LTRG (San Fernando Valley Long Term Recovery Group)
National Director – Citizen Action Team Relief Database
Disaster Coordinator – Do Your Part
In response to the current wave of rain storms, LA County Public Works has closed Big Tujunga Canyon Road and the Angeles Forest Highway. Also, recreational use permits are temporarily suspended for the duration of this rain event.
For the latest road closure information, go to:
District Ranger Mike McIntyre will initiate condition surveys of the Big Tujunga area Monday, December 14, in order to determine whether or not it is safe for residents to return to the canyon. As soon as the potential danger of flooding and debris flows has passes, this permit suspension will be rescinded.
In the mean time, stay dry, keep warm, and stay safe.
P.S. Didn’t I say something about “gully washers”?
Mike asked me to send an update along to the list. As you know we’ve got more storms headed our way, and while we’ve been lucky so far, it’s only a matter of time before we get a “gully washer”. It never rains in California, remember?
I also wanted to include a link for Weather.com’s 10-day forecast. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s another resource to use for planning while we work on clean-up, sand bagging, etc.
Lastly, let me echo Mike’s call for patience and understanding. Keep in mind that just because we’ve weathered storms and flooding in the past, this is a new game. The Station Fire was, after all, the WORST fire in LA County history. The damage to our mountains from this fire is much more extreme than that which caused the 1978 and 1982 floods. Don’t take the risk. Do what you can to protect your home, but don’t delude yourself. If debris starts heading your way, there is nothing you can do to stop it. If you stay, you risk your lives. It’s that simple.
So far all the Station Fire has only claimed 2 lives. Let’s keep it that way.
As I was leaving work, I saw that the National Weather Service has scheduled a conference call tomorrow (it was tentative earlier this week depending on how the two storms were shaping up) to give us the up-to-date on the storms. The fact it is scheduled indicates that the Saturday storm could be a big one. So I may be issuing permit suspensions after the call – this is a heads-up. We will incorporate lead time into the suspension. Flexibility is the key.
Michael J. McIntyre
Los Angeles River Ranger District
12371 North Little Tujunga Canyon Road
San Fernando, CA 91342
(818) 899-1900 ext. 223
(818) 896-6727 (FAX)
“Don’t Accept The Norm…..It is
Somebody Else’s Compromise”
Just to let you know, the LA County Department of Public Works has three (3) planned road closures in the Angeles Forest. These are “hard” closures, which means no one gets in except emergency response personnel.
For the latest update, go to: http://gis.dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/
The current information as of this writing is given below.
|Street – From/To
||Expected Closure On
|Angeles Forest Hwy From Aliso Cyn Rd To Angeles Crest Hwy
||Closed Due To Storm As Of 5:00pm, 12/06/09
|Big Tugunga Cyn Rd From La City Limit To Angeles Forest Hwy
||Cloased Due To Storm As Of 5:00pm, 12/06/09
|Upper Big Tujunga Cyn Rd From Angeles Forest Hwy To Angeles Crest Hwy
||Closed Due To Storm As Of 5:00pm, 12/06/09