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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back draft

Today is the first anniversary of the start of the Station Fire.

It was one year ago at approximately 3:30pm when someone spread an accelerant near mile marker 29 on the Angeles Crest highway, changing an awful lot of lives permanently. 250 square miles were scorched. More than 200 homes were seriously damaged or destroyed. Two human lives were lost, and thousands of non-humans were killed or permanently displaced.

The arsonist who started this monster remains at large and the reward for their apprehension still stands at $50,000 - call the LA County Sheriffs Dept at 323 890 5500 with any information you may have.

CBS 2 has an excellent news piece here on the incident that cost LACoFD firefighters Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones their lives, while a ceremony to unveil a marker honoring all Station Fire first responders took place last week.

Meanwhile, recovery from the fire is painfully slow,  the investigation into how the Station Fire firefight was initially managed or mismanaged continues, and some insurance companies still aren't paying out on claims.

Only time can fully remove the graphic scar left on the land itself, seen vividly from space through NASA's eyes. (click images to enlarge)