Southern California Wildfire Growing – Forces Thousands to Evacuate

August 31, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The massive wildfires tearing through Southern California have doubled in size and are forcing thousands to flee as 12,000 homes and a vital communications center on a mountaintop near Pasadena are now threatened. Two firefighters have died when their vehicle rolled down a mountain side amid the intense flames on Mount Gleason near the city of Acton. Fire Captain Tedmund Hall, 47, and firefighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, 35, were killed in a crash, said Los Angeles county fire captain Mike Savage. The Los Angeles Country firefighters were among the more than 2,000 fire personnel currently battling the blaze.The southern California fire was expected to reach the top of Mount Wilson, where 22 television stations, many radio stations and cell phone providers have their transmitters, said US forest service captain Mike Dietrich. The towers service every major radio and television station in the area, though satellite service shouldn’t be affected. The historic Mount Wilson Observatory is also threatened. Fires have continued to spread and have already burned more than 55 square miles, with 42,500 acres of chaparral and forest. By late Sunday, only about five per cent of the blaze had been contained, according to officials.



One Response to “Southern California Wildfire Growing – Forces Thousands to Evacuate”

  1. jacob jones on September 1st, 2009 4:19 pm

    I think they should create a underground irrigation system that will be high pressured and only set to turn on during a disaster such as this one with the wild fires spreading. According to the history of wildfires In LA it’s always the same area and the same issues at this point we must move forward with something that will act fast during a crisis as this one, I believe if they spend over 1 billion on something that will save homes and save life’s it will go on a good standing with others. Stop the fires save a life simple as that.

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