Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pictures of "The Station Fire" *UPDATED*

Thursday evening I noticed how pretty the sky was. Thick smoke was pluming towards a vast pink sunset. Bright orange flames from the La Canada Fire, aka, The Station Fire, were visible to me as I drove around Altadena to find a good location to photograph this event. Of course I couldn't get very close but I got a few respectable shots. I saw others driving around taking pictures from their driver's seats. I made two or three stops, got out and tried to see the fire through trees and phone lines. This collage is a collection of the best shots I got that night.

This morning, 36 hours later, the fire has spread incredibly fast, moving southeast and is visible through my kitchen sink window. I saw flames. That white cloud-like shape is actually grey smoke. We're in the middle of a heatwave. This fire has the upper hand.

My house is deep enough into town that we are not in any danger but we know several families who are right there near the fire. Jose's mother has apparently packed a bag just in case she is told to evacuate. She lives in Altadena.

More local bloggers are talking about the fire here.

*UPDATE*

More pics from the past hour. The fire is still winning...

6 comments:

Sarah Jane said...

I have been enjoying watching these fire-extinguishing planes at work!

DuG said...

Love the pictures! Hope you stay safe!

Cafe Pasadena said...

You have some good stuff on the fire. Keep up the updates! I'll add your link.

Sarah Jane said...

Dug, thanks! You, too!
CP, thank you. It's all very intriguiing. Unfortunately, the fire looks badass at night and my camera doesn't shoot well in the dark :/ The mountains are a sight right now at 11pm.

Prolifegirly said...

nice pictures. what caused the fire?

Sarah Jane said...

Thanks P.L. I don't know what caused it. Now they're saying it won't be contained until about Sept 15th. It is a rager.