Two years to the day after an arsonist started what would become the 10th largest wildfire in modern California history, life has returned to normal in La Cañada Flintridge, but scars of the disaster remain.
While the Station fire's perpetrator remains at large, the community has moved from rebuilding homes to rebuilding real estate values. But even then, loose ends remain.
Local fire officials say a more unified command and communications system is in place to better coordinate firefighting efforts. But Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) contends not enough progress has been made on policies for night time flights for water-dropping aircraft — a key technique that he said could have prevented the Station fire from turning into a large-scale disaster.
The Station fire, which started on Aug. 26, 2009, consumed 160,557 acres, destroyed 209 structures and claimed the lives of two firefighters. As a result of the deaths, when evidence of arson was discovered, the case was assigned to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department Homicide Division. Two years later, detectives are no closer to arresting a suspect.