Firefighters north of Los Angeles turned back flames threatening a 105-year-old observatory, partially containing the largest wildfire in the county’s history.
Tanker aircraft and helicopters dumped water and retardant to quell the so-called Station Fire, which had destroyed 94 structures, killed two firefighters and left 6 people injured as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service said on its Web site. The blaze was 28 percent contained, with 12,000 homes and other buildings still in its path.
All residential evacuations associated with the fire were lifted as firefighters shifted the blaze’s advance away from threatened residential areas by digging firebreaks and lighting backfires amid cooler temperatures and a second day of higher humidity.
“Don’t relax, because the fires are still out there blazing away,” Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said at a press conference at the Hansen Dam recreation center in Los Angeles yesterday. More…