September 1st, 2009
04:26 PM ET

Interactive Map: Battling the California blaze

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/08/29/california.wildfires/art.flames.gi.jpg caption="Firefighters look on as fire rages near Ocean View Drive in Los Angeles on Saturday."]

A fast-moving wildfire with a "mind of its own" threatens thousands of homes and businesses in Southern California near the Angeles National Forest.

Cooler temperatures Tuesday could help firefighters slow down a fast-moving, deadly wildfire that has charred nearly 122,000 acres in Southern California.

Two firefighters lost their lives Sunday trying to get control of the Station Fire, which is burning through steep and rugged terrain in the Angeles National Forest. This area north of Los Angeles has not seen a major fire in more than 60 years. It's the largest of at least five fires burning in the state.

Temperatures will be in the 90s, but they will be lower than the triple-digit highs that, combined with low humidity, caused the fire to explode in size from at least 40,000 acres on Sunday to more than 100,000 acres Monday.

Click here to see an interactive map of the fire.

Filed under: Wildfires
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Christina *L.A. California*

    I live 44 miles away from this area & I can see the flames from my home. The smoke covers the sky & the air is disgusting to breath.

    September 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Such a terrible fire – I hope they get it contained soon. It looks like from the map that it is over a substantial area of California; I hope everyone gets out safe and that no more fire fighters are killed. As for those who won't evacuate – why are you staying? If the firefighters cannot get control of the fire what chances do you think you have in battling it away from your property?

    September 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  3. Eugenia - San Francisco

    the live feed looks at though the fire has reach the Observatory, please tell me I'm wrong.

    September 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  4. Chris Gorman

    I think if people ignore the mandatory evacuation orders, then stay they must. Why endanger the lives of the men & women fighting these horrific blazes to save them?

    I say oh well sorry about your luck, should have listened to the professionals and evacuated when you had the chance!

    September 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm |