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Public comments sought on California high-speed rail

In case you hadn’t heard, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has buckled to complaints from communities along Highway 14 and will not have the rail running through Santa Clarita.

Instead, they propose drilling through and under mountains in the Angeles Forest. And the Forest Service is playing along.

While the public comments requested at this stage relate to the request to drill test holes, this is a good time for concerned citizens to get involved in the project overall.

Details and links to related documents are in the article at the link below.



Read the full article on KPCC’s website >>


Six Years…

It’s hard to believe that six years have passed since the Station Fire destroyed much of Big Tujunga Canyon. It has been six hard years, full of drama, loss, tears and laughter. Some people have moved away. Some have shuffled off the mortal coil. New people have moved into the canyon. And some have rebuilt or are rebuilding.

Every year (except last year), I have thrown a memorial BBQ in honor of the Station Fire. What can I say? It appeals to my twisted sense of humor to char meats, fruit and vegetables in memory of the worst wildfire in Los Angeles County history.

Here are some photos from this year’s BBQ. Hopefully you will join us next year!




Instant party. Just add people!
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Wildfires in Northern California

Just yesterday I posted an article talking about the difficulties in recovering from the Station Fire. A couple of hours later I learned via Facebook that a cousin of mine has lost her home and her animal rescue in the Boles Fire in Weed, CA. Talk about striking close to home…

Gabby and her family are among over 1500 people left homeless by the Boles Fire. As of this writing, news agencies are reporting over 100 structures lost in the wind-driven fire that started yesterday afternoon. Several family members, including me and my mom, have sent money so my cousin and her family can get what they need at the moment, but with so much destruction they are going to need help for weeks and months to come.


Three Years After the Inferno

Three years ago the Station Fire destroyed my neighborhood.

I remember it as if it all happened five minutes ago. I got up just after sunrise, went out to my back yard and looked to the East, toward Grizzly Flats, the Angeles Crest Highway, and the plume of smoke that had dominated my every thought for days.

The Station Fire by night, before the inferno came. Photo by Mark Fitzsimmons.

The fire had started on August 26 near a ranger station on the Crest, less than ten miles away as the crow flies. By day the smoke rose, staining the sky with its brownish-gray plume. By night we could see the glow of the fire, sitting like a baleful hell-beast, waiting to pounce. For days the news talked about the threat the fire posed for JPL and Mt. Wilson, and for days the residents of Big Tujunga Canyon and other parts of the Angeles watched and waited, hoping that the fire would be taken seriously and dealt with accordingly. Continue reading →

Forest Service Reverses Night Flight Policy

Yesterday the Los Angeles Times reported that the U.S. Forest Service has reversed their policy banning the use of night flying helicopters to combat wildfires. Although this policy change comes three years too late for residents of the Angeles National Forest, we hope that the policy change will help prevent disasters like the Station Fire in years to come.

For more info, see the following articles:

Forest Service to allow nighttime aerial firefighting in SoCal
August 16, 2012 | 10:27 am

Forest Service ends ban on night flights to battle fires
By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012, 5:56 p.m.