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County: Fire Lines Around 25 Percent of Station Blaze

Above: A Los Angeles City firefighter sprays foam fire retardant on a home September 1, 2009 in Tujunga, California. The out of control Station Fire has burned more than 120,000 acres, over 50 homes and has forced thousands of evacuations as nearly 10,000 homes are threatened.

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Above: KPBS reporter Alison St. John discusses the Los Angeles Station Fire and the differences between that fire and the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County.

— Los Angeles County fire officials said defensible lines had been established around about one-fourth of the mammoth Station Fire, which has denuded more than 120,000 acres since it started nearly a week ago.

County fire spokesman Mark Whaling said more than 28 miles of fire lines had been established, but about 75 more miles would be needed to ring the Station Fire, which has been blazing amid bone-dry conditions and record, or near-record, heat since Wednesday.

Established fire lines are not the same as containment lines, Whaling said, adding that the overall fire remains about 5 percent contained -- a figure fire officials have been citing for several days. Fire officials said they hope that figure will increase once an updated survey of the fire area is completed today.

Backfires burn fiercely on Monday afternoon next to homes in the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles. The backfires are intended to stop the spread of the fire.
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Above: Backfires burn fiercely on Monday afternoon next to homes in the La Crescenta area of Los Angeles. The backfires are intended to stop the spread of the fire.

Bulldozers, hand crews and tractors completed about 12 miles of fire lines between Briggs Terrace above La Crescenta east to Lake Avenue in Pasadena, Whaling said.

About 5 miles of lines were established in the foothills bordering Sunland and Tujunga, he said.

On the north, a 12-mile line is protecting Acton, Whaling said. The defensive line goes from Bootlegger's Canyon east to Angeles Forest Highway, including Aliso Canyon, he said.

Toward Santa Clarita, a 2 1/2-mile line has been established that ends at Indian Canyon. West of there, crews are stationed along Divide Road, Whaling said.

So far, firefighters have had nearly windless conditions, but winds were starting to pick up as an onshore airflow returned to the region. With it comes fog, which helps increase the relative humidity and slow the fire growth.

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