Southern California is Burning (an update)

Southern California continues to burn.  Here is an excerpt from Justin Pritchard of the Associated Press:

Fires burned in Los Angeles County, to the east in Riverside and Orange counties, and to the northwest in Santa Barbara County. More than 800 houses, mobile homes and apartments were destroyed by fires that have burned areas more than 34 square miles since breaking out Thursday.

No deaths have been reported, but police brought in trained dogs Sunday morning to search the rubble of a mobile home park where nearly 500 homes were destroyed. They didn’t find any bodies after searching about a third of the homes.

‘This has been a very tough few days for the people of Southern California,’ Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said after touring damage.

The smell of smoke pervaded metropolitan Los Angeles. Downtown skyscrapers were silhouettes in an opaque sky, and concerns about air quality forced organizers to cancel a marathon in suburban Pasadena where 8,000 runners had planned to participate.

Fierce Santa Ana winds that fanned the fires on Saturday weakened Sunday morning, allowing firefighters to set backfires to prevent flames from advancing to hillside neighborhoods. Air tankers swooped low over suburbs, red fire retardant billowing from their bellies as they painted defensive lines between brushlands and homes. Big helicopters shuttled back and forth on water drops.

The most threatening blaze had scorched more than 16 square miles in Orange and Riverside counties after erupting Saturday and shooting through subdivisions entwined with wilderness parklands. Multimillion-dollar homes were threatened in Diamond Bar in Los Angeles County as the out-of-control fire pushed northward.

Fire officials on Sunday morning ordered 1,400 more residents to evacuate, in addition to 26,500 who had already been told to leave.


4 responses to “Southern California is Burning (an update)

  1. This is the saddest thing. All those people losing their homes…awww. It’s not closer to you, is it?

    They put out the one that had potential to creep closer to us. But, yes, hundreds of homes lost with so many people displaced – and while we are coming up on the holidays.

  2. leavingevangeline

    I heard the old guy from Back to the Future lost his home to the fires…and that Snoop Dogg had to be evacuated. Oh, but luckily, Oprah didn’t lose one of the 14 homes she owns. Phew!

    Apparently I read too much entertainment gossip.

    Seriously though, I hope you hear from your friends soon…and that all is well with you and yours.

    Christopher Lloyd – he’s out of town. The news here reported that part of his property burned, but didn’t say it was his home. Some of the homes that have been lost were huge, but 500 of the homes were in a Senior Citizen’s mobile home park – they have lost everything.
    We’re good, they put out the one closest to us – although my route to work (and an alternate) was closed for the weekend. Still haven’t heard from my friends. Thanks for thinking of them.

    Unimportant update – it turns out that part of Christopher Lloyd’s home burned and other parts were untouched.

  3. Well, I guess the first reports of C. L.’s house were a little exaggerated! I’m glad for him.

    And soooo sad for those Senior Citizens. That is really heart wrenching.


    Very sad.

  4. Having lost our house to Hurricane Hugo I know only too well what that kind of loss feels like.

    However, (forgive me) but I can’t help but think…

    Isn’t this where all the wackos live that the rest of the country says, “It all got started in California.”

    Yep. I’m a third generation California Wacko.

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