01.18.2010 05:00 PM
Storms Threaten Access to Mt. Wilson
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST: The raging wildfires of last fall continue to make
life difficult for the TV transmitter engineers in Los Angeles. The terrain
denuded of vegetation is now vulnerable to mudslides from driving rains hitting
the West Coast. One of the heaviest storm systems in years is expected to dump
several inches of rain across Southern California, an effect of El Niño
throughout the week.
Mt. Wilson, where the transmitter facilities are located for TV stations
serving Los Angeles, is in an area where 16 or more inches of rain is
predicted. The main road in, the Angeles Crest Highway, was closed between Mt.
Wilson and Mt. Islip as of Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Times said. The heaviest rains on Mt. Wilson are
Fire officials in the affected area are preparing rescue teams for flooding
emergencies. Michael McIntyre of the Los Angeles River Ranger District
indicated in Bob Gonsett’s CGC Communicator that
access to Mt. Wilson could be off limits as long as a week.
The wildfires that ravaged the mountains north of Los Angeles included the
Station Fire, which burned 160,577 acres. (See
“Mt. Wilson Flooded
with Phos-Chek”)It started Aug. 26, 2009 and was not considered fully
contained until Oct. 16, 2009, though firefighters continued to dump water on
(Image by Anthony Citrano)