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Freeway Complex Fire Burns West Towards Ocean

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The headline is a bit sensational but this is not an ordinary Santa Ana Wind event. The fire is spooking even veteran news reporters. Homes begin to burn miles apart forcing reporters to wonder if these are spot fires or new starts. Hot spots include Yorba Linda and parts of Brea though no structures are […]

Freeway Complex Claims Luxury Apartment Complex

The Freeway Complex has burned most if not all of the Cascades Apartment Complex in Anaheim Hills. As I noted in the post below the fire outran fire personnel. Firefighters have reached the scene and are throwing water on the burning buildings however the entire complex has succumbed to flames. The images below are from […]

Freeway Complex (Corona Fire) Racing

The Freeway Complex, previously called the Corona Fire continues forging a path of destruction as it moves into Anaheim Hills. Again NBC4 Los Angeles has amazing coverage that you can follow live online. The fire is moving faster than firefighters can chase it. Winds are predicted to abate throughout the afternoon. For firefighters and residents […]

Heroic Act, Notes & Observations

A TV reporter interviewing two firefighters from either LAFD or LA County asked them awkwardly if their efforts to save the Oak Ridge Mobile Home Park was a “major” disappointment. Firefighter Hahn (sp) responded bluntly, no, the effort was remarkable. Firefighter Hahn told the reporter that just as his engine company was ordered to leave […]

Homes Burning In Corona and Yorba Linda

Numerous residences are currently burning as a result of a wildfire in Yorba Linda and Corona in Riverside County. Channel 4 news LA has a chopper overhead follow here. [googlemaps,+yorba+linda&ie=UTF8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&t=h&g=blue+ridge+drive,+yorba+linda&s=AARTsJpq9bx9ycVOmg-jZ8USSUxxDDwYfQ&ll=33.896352,-117.700052&spn=0.024935,0.036478&z=14&iwloc=addr&output=embed&w=425&h=350] Will follow…

Estimated: 500 of 600 Homes Burned In Oak Ridge Mobile Home Community

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I’ve been blogging fires for about 4 years now and I can’t say I have ever felt such sadness as I do today. Channel 4 news in L.A. just reported that they estimate 500 of the 600 homes in the Oak Ridge Mobile Home community have burned. Earlier this morning firefighters were withdrawn from the […]

Sayre Fire; 165 Sylmar Homes Destroyed or Damaged

Overnight Santa Ana winds peaking at 70 mph pushed the fast moving Sayre Fire through residential areas in Sylmar. One hundred homes have been damaged and 65 homes have been destroyed including 30 mobile homes in Sylmar. Four freeways have been closed including Interstate 5, the 210, parts of the 118 and 14. The smoke […]

Tea Fire Burns 100 Homes In Exclusive Montecito

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A wildfire has burned more than 2,500 acres and destroyed at least 100 homes in the Santa Barbara County community of Montecito. The Tea Fire began early Thursday evening and was pushed by high winds. Two firefighters and two civilians have been injured. At this time 120 fire engines and 500 firefighters are on the […]

Chalk Peak Fire Threat Looms Over Big Sur Monastery

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The Chalk Fire that has burned over 16,000 acres between the Plaskett and Eselan on the south Big Sur Coast. Smack in the path is the Camaldoli Hermitage. The Hermitage is home to 25 monks who live peacefully on the property 1,300 feet above the ocean. The Hermitage has burned once in its 47 year […]

Chalk Fire Won't Die

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The Chalk Fire burning in the south Big Sur region has reignited. Unseasonably warm weather has stoked the once dead fire forcing area residents to wonder if the wildfire assaults on Big Sur will ever end. Friend of Firefighter Blog Big Sur Kate lives just south of the Chalk Fire scene and captured the image […]

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