While the Station Fire has officially been contained over a month ago, that doesn’t mean it’s not still burning.

Smoke can still be seen around the Mount Wilson area, and that’s because many of the root systems are still smoldering – and could potentially be whipped up into full-fledged fires again by a strong wind. In a story on the L.A. Times, Mount Wilson Observatory Superintendent Dave Jurasevich said the fire may still technically be burning until (and if) we get a healthy dose of moisture from the winter storm systems.

Helicopters and firefighters are still being used to put out flare-ups. So, just in case you were wondering why the western Angeles National Forest was still closed after it seemed like everything was under control … now you have your sad answer. Looks like we’ll all be hitting the trails in the Santa Monicas and Baldy Bowl this winter, eh?

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