View Full Version : Los Angeles ringed by wildfires

11-16-2008, 11:54 AM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fires whipped up by hot hurricane force gusts ringed Los Angeles on Saturday, charring thousands of acres and hundreds of homes in California's largest city and threatening the city's power supply.

More than 10,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders as a fire that exploded overnight in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest barreled into the San Fernando Valley and burned more than 6,500 acres.

The dry Santa Ana winds sweeping in from the desert fanned the fire in the foothills near Sylmar that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said had destroyed more homes than any other in the past decade.

Villaraigosa urged residents near Sylmar to leave quickly if they were in harm's way. "If you wait until the fire gets there you have waited too long ... This fire can be on you in a moment's notice."

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11-16-2008, 01:00 PM
Yep, been watching this story all weekend. Terrible for those
folks to lose their homes.

11-16-2008, 01:05 PM
The fires hit some of those housing areas pushed along by 70 mph wind gusts. :eek:

Doesn't leave you a lot of time to grab much.

11-16-2008, 04:18 PM
Just wait for the cries for a wildfire bailout. They will want one after the adjusters come in and inform them that their insurance doesn't cover the amount of their mortgage

11-16-2008, 05:22 PM
We had this in 1994....scariest days of my entire life. Car was packed and ready...all we were waiting for was the order to run.

Where I live, the closer suburbs are separated by a river..it never jumped it...thank God..:eek:

11-16-2008, 06:06 PM
I feel terrible for those people. I don't know, I kept hearing about the fire and for some reason I thought that they were forest fires. Cuz there are so many of them. I didn't realize that it was actually IN the city. I feel so bad for that mobile home community. That was everything for them.

My prayers are out there for them.