La Cañada Salutes Arizona Hotshot Crew, Which Fought Massive Station Fire

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Firefighter keeps watch over a back firing operation above La Crescenta Aug. 31, 2009. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff photographer)

In 2009, when La Cañada Flintridge was on the front-line of the massive Station fire, Eldon Horst, recalled thinking how impossible it would be to clear the brush from a nearby canyon in time.

But members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, who were there to assist with the massive inter-agency firefighting effort, did just that. His hillside neighborhood home near Angeles National Forest was saved.

“Their work saved our neighborhood, possibly our city,” Horst said during a City Council meeting on Monday night.

“Tonight, I want to publicly thank the Granite Mountain Inter-agency Hotshots for their work here in La Cañada and I want their family and friends to know that every time I see ground crews doing wildfire work, they will always be remembered.”

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