Almost two years after the Station fire scorched 161,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service has embarked on a large-scale reforestation project that may re-engineer the region’s historical pine and fir woodlands.
The project to be unveiled Friday aims to plant 3 million pine and fir trees over 10,000 acres scarred by the fire in an attempt to restore the area and offset greenhouse-gas emissions from a refinery in El Segundo.
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P.S. On a personal note, I’m not sure if this is a good thing or otherwise. If you have more, reliable information about this proposal, please let me know.
Hot off the presses, here is another investigative article by Paul Pringle. Thanks Debra!
As Capt. Perri Hall watched helplessly, a blaze that had appeared containable erupted into the devastating Station fire. A report by Hall, obtained by The Times, contradicts key assertions by the U.S. Forest Service about its response to last summer’s disaster.
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Paul Pringle has done it again, bringing to light the cover-up in the USFS “investigation” of the Station Fire.
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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
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City Crews Doing Debris Pick-Up in Mudslide Areas
Panorama: Mudslide aftermath on Manistee Drive in La Cañada Flintridge
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.
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