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Tide turning in fight against Station Fire

Fire briefing at Hansen Dam command post for the Station Fire (8/31/2009)
Fire briefing at Hansen Dam command post for the Station Fire (8/31/2009)
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Firefighters have built a line around almost a quarter of the area the Station Fire has burned, but they still have about 95 miles of fire line to build, mostly at the eastern end of the fire near the San Gabriel Wilderness Area.

Mike Brown is a captain with the L.A. County Fire Department.

Mike Brown: “We still have a lot of line open, and that’s potential, those are potential areas for a fire to break out if we had any changes in the weather conditions. So there’s a lot of optimism but still a lot of concern as well.”

Brown told KPCC’s AirTalk that weather conditions have offered firefighters some relief. Higher humidity and lower temperatures set in Tuesday. But a spokesman with the National Weather Service forecast higher temperatures today and a possible drop in humidity this afternoon. Winds will remain light.

Fire authorities say human activity caused the fire, but it’s not clear whether that means arson or an accident.