'This is a very angry fire'

actonfireblevins83009.jpgIncident commander Mike Dietrich just told the 5 p.m. media briefing that the weather is still working against firefighters in the Angeles National Forest. "This is a very angry fire that we're fighting right now," he said. "I wish I could be more optimistic." Dietrich has pushed back the estimate of containment by a week, until Sept. 15, and says there is now a 747 based in Sacramento that is available to fight the fire. Evacuations spread into the Sunland-Tujunga area of the city of Los Angeles during the day, but Mount Wilson has not so far suffered the damage many feared. The flames remain more than five miles from Agua Dulce or Santa Clarita, he said. Obviously, forest areas near the fires will remain closed through the Labor Day holiday. "We are literally begging...please plan your weekend elsewhere," a Forest Service official said at the briefing.

Items updated several times:

  • Coverage: LAT, LAT photos, DN, DN photos, SGV Tribune, KNX
  • Acreage is at more than 105,000, with 53 structures reported burned.
  • CalFire has tweeted that the Wildlife Waystation in Little Tujunga Canyon needs "flatbed trucks 2 evacuate animals!" (818)899-5201.
  • Tippi Hedren's Shambala preserve of lions and tigers near Santa Clarita is so far safe.
  • The 747 flame retardant bomber has shown up over the fire zone near Acton.
  • Eric Spiegelman's awesome time lapse video is on the "CBS Evening News" tonight, was on "Good Morning America" and on Fox 11 and Fox News Channel earlier.
  • Schools in the Acton-Agua Dulce, Glendale and La Canada Unified school districts will be closed Tuesday.
  • City of Los Angeles official updates are available at the emergency operations center's website

Photo: Acton area on Sunday, Gene Blevins / Daily News

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