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Lots of you have been asking what you can do to help. This year's resolution is to affect change on The Angeles and take back OUR forest. I will have an online petition circulating soon. Thanks everybody.

I originally wanted to blog about my adventures in the San Gabriel Mountains. I have some good stories, like the time I took a donkey to Ralph's Supermarket. But then the Station Fire started. I realized that there is much that needs to be brought to the attention of the mountain going public. Most folks are kept in the dark about how the Angeles National Forest operates. I will raise issues that are important to me, which are hopefully important to all citizens, but if you have any suggestions for discussion here, I am willing.

Here's the big agenda: Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. I've made a few smart remarks and cryptic comments about her. But now, with the backing of some knowledgeable and trusted friends, it is time for a concerted effort to have her removed from her post. Stay tuned for details. And if you have any information you would like to contribute, anonymously or not, email me at gregsweet4@yahoo.com

I will get to some of the stories, sooner or later. Also, I want to make it clear that I no longer work at Adams' Pack Station, that these words are my own, and that the pack station is not the source of my information - they don't want trouble.

Station Fire from Altadena 09|04|09

It didn't look good for Sturtevant's Camp this afternoon!

This photo is from the corner of Lake Ave. & Altadena Dr. in Altadena. Form this perspective, Harvard saddle is directly below the plume of smoke. The saddle is a ridge that connects Mt. Wilson (obscured by lower hills to the left) and Mt. Harvard to the right. On the other side of Harvard Saddle is Winter Creek (formerly the West Fork of Big Santa Anita Canyon). It doesn't appear that the fir is in Winter Creek, but it looks as though it could be over the Mt. Zion Ridge in the Upper Big Santa Anita, home of Sturtevant's Camp. But these pyrocumulus clouds are so big (20,000 ft. or more) that this may be mostly from Devil's Canyon in the San Gabriel Wilderness Area.

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