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Fire crews gain ground on stubborn Southland wildfires

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Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

In the fire-damaged Oakridge Mobile Home Park hundreds of homes were destroyed, but some survived.

“We have found no human remains at this point.” That was the conclusion today from a Los Angeles County Coroner official about the search for victims at the fire-ravaged Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar. L.A. County Coroner spokesman Ed Winter says investigation teams combed through the rubble yesterday and today in the mobile home park. However, there is still some concern because some residents of the park have not checked in with authorities. 480 of the 608 structures in the park were destroyed by the fire.

Meanwhile, today some of the Oakridge residents were taken by caravan from Sylmar High School to the park to see the devastation first hand and for some, to collect a few belongings from their homes. One shocked woman described what she saw as “… a war zone.”

In Burbank this morning, the skies were still hazy from the Sylmar fire, but that nasty burnt brush smell was gone. Still, health experts advised everyone, especially those with breathing problems or other ailments, to avoid spending time outside. The Sylmar fire is 95 percent contained. No word yet on what started it. 

Down in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, that complex series of fires in Diamond Bar, Carbon Canyon, Corona, Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Brea, and Chino Hills continues to burn yet calmer winds have helped fire teams get 40 percent containment.  More than 28,000 acres have been scorched and at least 120 homes and apartment units destroyed. This afternoon, thousands of evacuees were given the okay to return to their homes. So far, no cause on these fires.

Up in Santa Barbara County, officials say the Montecito wildfire was intentionally or accidentially started by humans. That wind-whipped fire destroyed somewhere around 200 homes and blackened 19 hundred acres. Among the multi-million dollar homes lost; one that belonged to actor Christopher Lloyd. 

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