(Pictured: caught on the road by the Altadenablog Blackberry, an Angeles National Forest Support truck with a sticker commemorating firefighters Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones, who died fighting the Station Fire)
LA Times has two post-Station Fire stories today: Julie Cart looks at how the forest will recover; and Paul Pringle looks at resident disgust about how the fire was handled following the LA Times' Sunday story.
And: Angeles Rising, a post-fire blog of meetings, forest conditions, etc.
Supervisor Antonvich's office also sent out the following press release:
ANTONOVICH INITIATES MULTI-AGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TO PREPARE FIRE-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES FROM MUDSLIDE DAMAGE
To inform residents in fire-damaged areas on the County’s efforts to reduce the impact of mudslides and erosion damage, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has created a multi-agency program (C.A.R.E.) and a toll free number (800-214-4020) to protect life and property in the upcoming rainy months.
The CARE (Coordinated Agency Recovery Effort) program will include regular updates and bulletins, technical assistance for residents on constructing mudslide diversions, a “one-stop” website with fire recovery and storm preparation information, public service announcements, and a speaker’s bureau for community meetings.
“Initial assessments indicate a high probability of mudslides damage for our fire-damaged communities,” Antonovich said. “The danger presented by the largest fire in County history is far from over and requires effective coordination and communication to minimize the impact of mudslides and protect our residents and their homes.”
A motion by Supervisor Antonovich on September 8th authorized the County Public Works Department to spend up to $25 million in emergency contracts to repair roads and infrastructure in burn areas and to prepare for expected debris and mudflows.
Public Works engineers have already inspected over 200 properties and, together with USFS officials, hosted several public meetings in at-risk communities.
“The County Public Works Department has completed many of the physical repairs to County roads, including the replacement of more than 850 road signs, 4,500 road markers, and 27 miles of re-striping, and is working to install 95 sections of guardrail,” Antonovich said. “The Department is also looking to increase capacity at seven of the twenty-nine debris basins in the Station Fire burn area and is cleaning out an additional nine basins below the burned watersheds of the Station Fire before the rains come.”