DTSC Lies #1: Where & how the woolsey fire started

The tremendously destructive Woolsey Fire has been widely reported as beginning “near” the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (also known as the SSFL or Rocketdyne), but it appears that the fire began on the Santa Susana property itself. Cal Fire identifies the fire dispatch location as E Street and Alfa Road, which is only accessible by driving onto the SSFL.

It was recently reported that the “Edison Electric Chatsworth Substation” experienced a disturbance on November 9, 2018 at 2:22pm. The fire was reported at 2:24, just two minutes later, near the substation.

  Closeup view of the Chatsworth Substation at the Santa Susana Field Lab and an example of how substation fires can ignite larger wildfires.

Closeup view of the Chatsworth Substation at the Santa Susana Field Lab and an example of how substation fires can ignite larger wildfires.

photograph posted on Twitter from KCAL9’s Stu Mundel shows the fire starting near the Substation. The area shown burning is about 1,000 yards away from the site of the 1959 partial nuclear meltdown of the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) reactor. The SRE meltdown is why Santa Susana Field Lab is known as one of the worst meltdowns in American history.

The substation had been built in part to provide electricity from the SRE reactor, which was the first reactor to produce commercial electricity before it became the first commercial reactor to suffer a partial meltdown.

  A flyover of the Santa Susana Field Lab just as the Woolsey Fire was beginning.

A flyover of the Santa Susana Field Lab just as the Woolsey Fire was beginning.

“Though we must wait for fire authorities to conclude their investigation, it is ironic that an electrical substation built for a reactor that melted down six decades ago now may now be associated with the catastrophic Woolsey Fire that began on the site that is still badly contaminated from that accident and numerous other spills and releases,” said Denise Duffield, Associate Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA.)

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