The "Station Fire" is the largest wildland fire in Los Angeles County history and the ninth-largest wildland fire in California since 1933.
The fire claimed the lives of two Los Angeles County firefighters on Aug. 30, as Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47, and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 34, suffered fatal injuries when their vehicle drove off the side of a road in the Mount Gleason area. The U.S. Fire Administration reported that the investigation of the incident was continuing, "but heavy smoke and fire conditions are thought to have contributed to the accident." At press time, the fire had burned 160,000 acres, or 250 square miles, of the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles. These photos offer a glimpse of the devastation of the blaze which had burned for 14 days.