Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's face was not in evidence in the fire coverage this weekend — it has been a county, state and national forest show. But with the fire coming into the city, he has just issued a statement suspending the LAFD's rolling brownouts and on the deaths of the two firefighters. After the jump:
The thoughts and prayers of all Angelenos go out to the families of LA County firefighters, Captain Tedmund Hall and Specialist Arnaldo Quinones, who were killed yesterday while protecting the lives and homes of those in the fire's path. This tragic news reminds us all of the real danger these brave men and women face every day.
On Sunday afternoon, the Station Fire spread into the City of Los Angeles. As a result, Interim Chief Millage Peaks has suspended the department's Modified Coverage Plan to insure every resource is available to fight this fire and protect those at risk.
Currently, the Los Angeles Fired Department has four strike teams assigned to battling the fire, and has pre-deployed additional resources as a precautionary measure. The Fire Department has also joined the unified command battling the blaze.
Lastly, as a precautionary measure, the police department has evacuated 200 residents in the Riverwood and Alpine Community.