The Station Fire rages on, but it appears to be moving more toward Acton and Sunland. (And right toward the telecommunications towers and historic observatory on Mount Wilson.) While I am glad not to see as many mountainside bonfires from South Pasadena’s vantage point, I know the 42,000+ acre inferno is very much out of control, en route to ravage more chaparral and forest, and poised to terrorize more towns. Two firefighters lost their lives yesterday in a vehicle crash. Tonight, 6600 homes in the region are under mandatory evacuation. The slightest increase in wind could churn this disaster into a real catastrophe.
But there is far less smoke in South Pasadena tonight, and our beautiful neighboring cities of Pasadena and Altadena seem — at least for now — to be out of the direct line of (literal) fire that threatened for the past few days. I’m grateful … but not quite relaxed yet.