AirTalk for May 18, 2010

Former Forest Service officials want new Station Fire investigation

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The 241-square-mile Station Fire blackens forests and races up rugged canyons along its eastern front deep in the Angeles National Forest on September 4, 2009 northeast of Pasadena, California. The blaze is the biggest wildfire in Los Angeles County history. Officials believe it was started by an arsonist along Angeles Crest Highway near La Canada, California. If caught, the suspect could be charged with first-degree murder for the deaths of two firefighters whose truck rolled down an 800-foot mountainside as they retreated from flames.

Some retired employees say the Forest Service’s own inquiry into the Station Fire glossed over problems. They’re calling for an independent investigation of events that led to the deaths of two fire fighters. What were the original investigators' conclusions? What might a new inquiry uncover?

Guests:

Paul Pringle, LA Times reporter who has investigated the Station Fire

William Derr, former special agent in charge of California law enforcement for the US Forest Service


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