Re: The Station Fire. Fire update 6:05 am, 2 Sept. 2009: Chief Mike Bryant from the fire department says: If the fire has a personality, the descriptor for today is (once again) “cranky.” The west end of the fire is above Little Tujunga. The east end of the fire is west of Chilao. $21 million has been spent fighting the fire, which has now covered 150,000 acres.
Mt. Wilson update: It’s in good shape. Firefighters were able to stay there overnight. Class A foam and retardant has been deposited in the area, along with the 7,500 gallons of gel that was dropped yesterday.
Evacuation update: That information comes from the LA Sheriff. Bryant didn’t have the latest.
Getting accurate information out to people about the fires hasn’t been the smoothest, or so I hear from Altadenablog (who has done a wonderful job). The LA Times has been doing a great job, but Sparks and Butterflies bemoans local television coverage and says she’s gotten the best and most accurate information via Facebook.
On the local blogging front: Frazgo did a round up of locals over at Los Angeles Metblogs (which has some good coverage overall). Deb over at Altadena Above It All has several info posts and some great photos. Karin has been blogging photos and running descriptions of what she’s seeing from her vantage point in Altadena—here’s a sample. Petrea at Pasadena Daily Photo posted a fire photo round-up (but didn’t mention my post—no hard feelings, I promise!).
Except for Frazgo, the bloggers mentioned above aren’t particularly active on Facebook, so those of you watching the fire via Facebook may have missed them. And you non-FB folks may have missed some good stuff too.
Straddling the Facebook vs Rest of Interwebs is the Pasadena PIO, who is keeping the City of Pasadena’s web site updated (along with her blog). She has also been using Facebook to get info out to local residents.
So in the Venn diagram of life, I offer my Facebook fire coverage round up, with thanks to all who have posted information there:
KChristieH has done several fire-related post with great photos and info. She points us to the LA Times’ updated interactive map of the fires. She also pointed us to InciWeb and to this site with many LA County area emergency scanners.
From Susan: She has a thing for time lapse movies of the fire. A link to the Mount Wilson Tower Cam (come back soon!). The Firefigher Blog. A list of fire stations accepting food and water donations. Gargantuan image of the fire area from space courtesy of NASA.
From Monica Hubbard: A link to Mount Wilson Observatory.
So thanks to people posting info on Facebook, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the primary sources of information in a disaster like this. Perhaps the Pasadena PIO will hire me…
Photo from Saturday, 29 August 2009, 11:00 pm. Taken from just south of Woodbury between Lincoln and Fair Oaks. I know, I know—I need a tripod.