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August 2, 2012
With the Air Force announcing it no longer needs its fleet of C-27J cargo planes, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), today joined other members of Congress in introducing a new bill to transfer 14 planes to the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires. The bill, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Act of 2012, is a companion bill to a Senate measure introduced by  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla). Since the 2009 Station fire scorched 160,000 acres on the edge of the San Gabriel Mountains, Schiff has pressed the U.S. Forest Service to develop night flying capabilities.
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 30, 2009
In an effort to prepare the public for major wildfires, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will stage a ?Living in the Fire Zone? expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 in La Cañada?s Memorial Park, 1201 Foothill Blvd. ?The expo is a collaborative with the community and Supervisor Michael Antonovich?s office,? said Stephanie English, spokeswoman for County Fire. Booths expected to be showcased at the expo include new developments in fire retardant gel that can be sprayed on a home and surrounding vegetation as a fire advances; pumps that allow firefighters to siphon water from backyard swimming pools; and vent covers to protect attics from drifting embers.
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By Seth Amitin | March 12, 2010
About 100 volunteers began their work to build the world’s largest Rice Krispies Treat at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge’s baseball field on Friday afternoon. The effort is for the pilot episode of a TV program called “Mega Bites,” produced by Beyond Productions, which will air on TLC if it’s picked up. “We’re just out here to help the town of La Cañada and the community center here,” said Executive Producer Mark Herwick.
FEATURES
By Jane Napier Neely | February 14, 2008
These past few days have been so lovely. I’ve been basking in the warmth letting it sink down to my bones. My cranky right knee has been enjoying a respite from the damp. Lola, my funny little white designer mongrel dog (part Bichon Frise and Havanese) is wearing a heavy winter coat and is looking a bit like a rag-a-muffin after the rains. With the weekend temps projected to be in the high 70s she probably would be thrilled to get her dreadlocks thinned out. Anyway, hope all of you are enjoying this spate of warm weather — I sure am. The Oakmont League recently had a lovely luncheon where Lilly Lawrence was the keynote speaker.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | October 25, 2007
Although La Cañada escaped the fires in Southern California, the effects are far-reaching. Smoke filled the skies over the city on Tuesday afternoon, blotting out the sun. Students in La Cañada Unified School District were placed on a restricted outdoor recess schedule and outdoor games were canceled. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of Wednesday afternoon 15 fires were still burning in Southern California, 414,133 acres had been burned, over 880,000 people had been evacuated from fire danger areas and none of the fires had been contained.
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By Carol Cormaci | September 3, 2009
The Station fire, which started Aug. 26 and continues today to consume much of the vast Angeles National Forest, was not the first fire to threaten this town. There have been others, some of which left devastating marks here, all documented by newspapers including the La Cañada Valley Sun. In November 1933 the San Gabriel Mountains behind La Cañada and La Crescenta were on fire, with the blaze at one point sweeping down along the east side of Pickens Canyon, as thousands of spectators lined Foothill Boulevard to watch the flames shooting hundreds of feet in the air. The Gould Castle then sat prominently at the mouth of Pickens Canyon.
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By Charles Cooper Valley Sun | August 9, 2007
The project to replace the Jessen Drive bridge in a residential area above Palm Crest Elementary School is about 60 percent designed and will be ready to proceed next year, City Manager Mark Alexander said Tuesday. The bridge, an old wood truss structure, provides vehicle and pedestrian access for resident and access to the Palm Crest campus. According to the city, loss of the bridge would disrupt east to west traffic flow above Foothill Boulevard. The bridge, as a wood structure, is also subject to wildfire damage.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, Seth Amitin, Michael J. Arvizu and Megan O’Neil | September 3, 2009
Firefighters Wednesday successfully cut off the Station fire’s march toward several foothill communities, lessening the immediate threat to homes and allowing crews to refocus their efforts on other hot spots. The destructive and deadly Station fire, which began Aug. 26 two miles north of La Cañada, slowed down overnight Tuesday, but still consumed about 13,000 more acres, pushing the total so far to 140,150 acres. The fire remained 22% contained as of Wednesday afternoon.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
Firefighters in La Cañada Flintridge are urging homeowners to “harden” their homes against the threat of wildfires by complying with ongoing department brush clearance inspections and taking extra steps to secure their properties against the potential threat of free-flying embers. Since May 1, teams from L.A. County Fire Station 82 on the city's east side have been conducting annual brush clearance inspections at some 450 homes along the La Cañada's forest-adjacent northern perimeter as well as hilly and wooded areas to the south.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
Some of the beauty to be found in the Angeles National Forest this spring can exact a heavy price. Areas burned by the Station fire are sprouting a bush with a lovely purple flower known as the poodle-dog bush. But when it comes to this plant, hikers would do well to head warnings from officials: look, but don't touch. That's because the flowering plant,  Turricula parryi, can cause poison oak-like skin rashes and blisters. The plant thrives in areas where the soil has been ravaged by flash floods or, as in this case, fire.
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August 2, 2012
With the Air Force announcing it no longer needs its fleet of C-27J cargo planes, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), today joined other members of Congress in introducing a new bill to transfer 14 planes to the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires. The bill, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Act of 2012, is a companion bill to a Senate measure introduced by  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla). Since the 2009 Station fire scorched 160,000 acres on the edge of the San Gabriel Mountains, Schiff has pressed the U.S. Forest Service to develop night flying capabilities.
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May 11, 2012
Some of the beauty to be found in the Angeles National Forest this spring can exact a heavy price. Areas burned by the Station fire are sprouting a bush with a lovely purple flower known as the poodle-dog bush. But when it comes to this plant, hikers would do well to head warnings from officials: look, but don't touch. That's because the flowering plant,  Turricula parryi, can cause poison oak-like skin rashes and blisters. The plant thrives in areas where the soil has been ravaged by flash floods or, as in this case, fire.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
Firefighters in La Cañada Flintridge are urging homeowners to “harden” their homes against the threat of wildfires by complying with ongoing department brush clearance inspections and taking extra steps to secure their properties against the potential threat of free-flying embers. Since May 1, teams from L.A. County Fire Station 82 on the city's east side have been conducting annual brush clearance inspections at some 450 homes along the La Cañada's forest-adjacent northern perimeter as well as hilly and wooded areas to the south.
NEWS
By Seth Amitin | March 12, 2010
About 100 volunteers began their work to build the world’s largest Rice Krispies Treat at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge’s baseball field on Friday afternoon. The effort is for the pilot episode of a TV program called “Mega Bites,” produced by Beyond Productions, which will air on TLC if it’s picked up. “We’re just out here to help the town of La Cañada and the community center here,” said Executive Producer Mark Herwick.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, Seth Amitin, Michael J. Arvizu and Megan O’Neil | September 3, 2009
Firefighters Wednesday successfully cut off the Station fire’s march toward several foothill communities, lessening the immediate threat to homes and allowing crews to refocus their efforts on other hot spots. The destructive and deadly Station fire, which began Aug. 26 two miles north of La Cañada, slowed down overnight Tuesday, but still consumed about 13,000 more acres, pushing the total so far to 140,150 acres. The fire remained 22% contained as of Wednesday afternoon.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | September 3, 2009
The Station fire, which started Aug. 26 and continues today to consume much of the vast Angeles National Forest, was not the first fire to threaten this town. There have been others, some of which left devastating marks here, all documented by newspapers including the La Cañada Valley Sun. In November 1933 the San Gabriel Mountains behind La Cañada and La Crescenta were on fire, with the blaze at one point sweeping down along the east side of Pickens Canyon, as thousands of spectators lined Foothill Boulevard to watch the flames shooting hundreds of feet in the air. The Gould Castle then sat prominently at the mouth of Pickens Canyon.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | July 30, 2009
In an effort to prepare the public for major wildfires, the Los Angeles County Fire Department will stage a ?Living in the Fire Zone? expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 in La Cañada?s Memorial Park, 1201 Foothill Blvd. ?The expo is a collaborative with the community and Supervisor Michael Antonovich?s office,? said Stephanie English, spokeswoman for County Fire. Booths expected to be showcased at the expo include new developments in fire retardant gel that can be sprayed on a home and surrounding vegetation as a fire advances; pumps that allow firefighters to siphon water from backyard swimming pools; and vent covers to protect attics from drifting embers.
FEATURES
By Jane Napier Neely | February 14, 2008
These past few days have been so lovely. I’ve been basking in the warmth letting it sink down to my bones. My cranky right knee has been enjoying a respite from the damp. Lola, my funny little white designer mongrel dog (part Bichon Frise and Havanese) is wearing a heavy winter coat and is looking a bit like a rag-a-muffin after the rains. With the weekend temps projected to be in the high 70s she probably would be thrilled to get her dreadlocks thinned out. Anyway, hope all of you are enjoying this spate of warm weather — I sure am. The Oakmont League recently had a lovely luncheon where Lilly Lawrence was the keynote speaker.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | October 25, 2007
Although La Cañada escaped the fires in Southern California, the effects are far-reaching. Smoke filled the skies over the city on Tuesday afternoon, blotting out the sun. Students in La Cañada Unified School District were placed on a restricted outdoor recess schedule and outdoor games were canceled. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of Wednesday afternoon 15 fires were still burning in Southern California, 414,133 acres had been burned, over 880,000 people had been evacuated from fire danger areas and none of the fires had been contained.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper Valley Sun | August 9, 2007
The project to replace the Jessen Drive bridge in a residential area above Palm Crest Elementary School is about 60 percent designed and will be ready to proceed next year, City Manager Mark Alexander said Tuesday. The bridge, an old wood truss structure, provides vehicle and pedestrian access for resident and access to the Palm Crest campus. According to the city, loss of the bridge would disrupt east to west traffic flow above Foothill Boulevard. The bridge, as a wood structure, is also subject to wildfire damage.
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