Yesterday, the L.A. Times wrote a great editorial on the aftermath of the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest.
In it, they went over some of the history of the Forest Service itself, and pointed out the staggering amount of hours it took to get the Angeles to its previous state. It’s a well-written call to service that really hammers home the fact that restoring the Forest is going to take a lot work on our part, in combination with “letting nature take her course.” (if you’re looking for a place to volunteer, be sure to check out this previous post)
The AP is reporting that the Station Fire is now 87% contained, and that firefighters are starting to get relieved of their duties and sent home – probably due to the nice stretch of cooler, more humid weather we’ve had lately. They do note, however, that the estimated date of full containment has been pushed back to September 19th (it was previously the 15th).
Please remember that until further notice – the Angeles National Forest remains closed to almost everyone. That includes trails, rivers, fire roads and paved roads. Anyone caught violating this closure can be slapped with a $5,000 fine, so if you’ve got the hiking itch, try exploring the Santa Monica Mountains instead.