CA Fire

Dissent of the Day

Today is the day I’m feeling it. The oppressing heat and humidity and smoky air (kiss all that healthful exercise goodbye)… …the buildup of whatever emotional pressure after I “wasted” all of yesterday worrying and surfing and watching the fires encroach the observatories of Mt. Wilson …and watched the live web-feed of eye-in-the-sky helicopter footage […]

John McPhee: Los Angeles Against the Mountain (Fire Edition, part 1)

Published in the New Yorker magazine in 1988, which later became a chapter in his book, The Control of Nature, John McPhee eloquently describes that mountainous California habitat — chaparal. [via Susan Orlean via LA Observed] (link goes to part 1 of article, so it’s a nice taste for you). This book is now on […]

The Martin Mars water drop over Mt. Wilson

The Martin Mars water drop over Mt. Wilson

As carried on the ABC 7 live web link. Apparently 4 acres of water came out at that point, on the north side of the ridge, where the fire is most intense.

Station Fire from Space. Click to embiggen

How big is the Station Fire? MODIS image from space shows

Original MODIS image here (warning: Large 7mb image file size) I photoshopped it with some context-supplying maps of the Los Angeles area. When you enlarge it, you can see how the reddest, hottest areas are on the northern flanks of the fire… and creeping east, toward Mt. Wilson.

Station Fire: Time Lapse from Mt. Wilson webcam

Photos taken ea 2 minutes, this movie is a timelapse from Aug 27-30. Original link here. The webcam on the obervatory tower has been off n on today. When it works, that link’ll be good. Mt Wilson observatory special page for fire news. More timelapse. This is evening, viewing from south of the San Gabriel […]

Station Fire in La Cañada

Here are the places I’m going (well, other than outside, looking to the north and west) to find out the latest about the Station Fire in La Cañada. It’s creeping east into northwest Altadena. JPL is closed this weekend. [note: Sunday Aug 30. I’m still adding links to this list] Time Lapse Test: Station Fire […]

The talking television box: KPCC’s Offramp and Yaroslavsky

I went to visit my folks last night and this morning. Dad had the TV going, and –strangest thing — he had it dialed in to the feed of the LA County Supervisors meeting. Strange, especially as my folks live in Orange County. I was just about to switch it off (or mute it) when […]