2 Firefighters Killed In LA Fires – 18 Homes Lost Thus Far

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on August 30, 2009 8:21 pm

The Angeles National Forest Fire has now crossed the line and claimed the lives of two firefighters as well as 18 homes.  The two firemen were killed when they drove off the side of a road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton.

The fire has claimed nearly 50,000 acres to date and is threatening 12,500 homes.  Firefighters are currently struggling to protect the historic Wilson Observatory.  It is currently the most talked about landmark threatened by the fire, but officials are still skeptical as to whether they can indeed save it. Tonight 5 fire engines will be stationed to protect it.

There are nearly 3000 firefighters, 12 helicopters and 8 air tankers deployed and very little sign of relief until Tuesday when temperatures are forecasted to drop.

The only positive side of this situation is the lack of Santa Ana winds which could increase the speed of the fire and rate of spread by a large margin.

Air quality is extremely poor and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urges all residents to leave the area and escape the billowing clouds of ash.

More to come as details are made available.