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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G-- Verdugo Mountains behind Sears at 111 East Magnolia Blvd. Burbank September 5, 2017

Firefighters gain upper hand in battle against La Tuna Fire

The skies are clearer over the Verdugo Mountains and Burbank as firefighters gain the upper hand on the La Tuna Fire. The huge smoky clouds and, sometimes, flames we saw on those hills over the weekend are no longer visible, but fire officials say the threat is not over yet. The wildfire broke out Friday afternoon, September 1, near La Tuna Canyon Road in Sun Valley. Aided by swiftly changing winds, the flames went on a rampage. On Saturday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti  signed a declaration of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wildfire haze over Burbank from West Olive Avenue near Victory Blvd. September 2, 2017

Hazy skies over Burbank due to wildfire

Hazy skies over Burbank due to that wildfire burning in the Verdugo Mountains today. The smoke and ash prompted a recommendation from the Burbank Police Department. “The air quality outside is bad. With temperatures expected to reach the triple digits once again today, we are asking people to please stay indoors and limit your recreational activities. Keep pets indoors and take care of each other,” said BPD spokesman, Sergeant Derek Green, in an email. The fire broke out near 10800 block of La Tuna Canyon Road in Sun Valley at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --Smoke from the huge Sand Fire created drama in the sky over Burbank late yesterday Burbank July 23, 2016

Sand Fire smoke and ash drift to Burbank

  The Sand Fire, burning miles away in the Santa Clarita area, spewed smoke into the air and some drifted over Burbank on Saturday. These photos were taken after 3 p.m. yesterday near the Pavilions market in the Rancho Marketplace Center Shopping Center parking lot on West Alameda Avenue. Also, ash from the wildfire fell from the sky in B-town. Along with the triple digit heat and muggy air, many Burbankers wisely chose to spend as little time outside as possible.

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Killer wildfire grows to more than 100,000 acres

Photo: Genaro Molina/ Los Angeles Times 08/30/09 — Wildfire rages in Acton. That Angeles National Forest wildfire continues to rampage with over 105,000 acres burned today. This killer wildfire has claimed two lives, 35-year-old Arnaldo Quinones and 47-year-old Tedmund Hall. Both Los Angeles County firefighters were fatally injured in a truck accident in the fire zone yesterday. The temperatures are a bit cooler today, but it’s still a tough fight for fire crews. There are about 2,500 firefighters battling the flames. So far, 21 homes have been destroyed. At this time,  as many as 12,000 homes... Read More →

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A monster wildfire threatens several foothill communities

Photo: Irfan Khan/ Los Angeles Times —An air attack on a flank of the wildfire approaching Acton. That stubborn wildfire menacing several foothill communities north of Los Angeles has grown into a monster blaze. Today officials estimate more than 35, 000 acres have been scorched and thousands of homes are in danger forcing residents to pack-up and leave. Fire crews are battling in hot temperatures to save homes in a number of neighborhoods. Some folks in La Canada are being allowed to return, but the threat is not over for... Read More →

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Wildfire near La Canada Flintridge out of control

      Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times 08/28/09 — Firefighters take a break from battling the wildfire in the hills above La Canada Flintridge.                        A wildfire that sparked in the Angeles National Forest above La Canada Flintridge last Wednesday is now on the rampage threatening several foothill communities today. The fire went from about 5,500 acres overnight to more than 20,000 acres today. Firefighters are battling the flames in triple digit temperatures with very low humidity. At one point, those flames came dangerously close to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More than 1,000 firefighters are on the scene. Evacuations have been ordered... Read More →

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Wildfires burning in the Southland

Photo: La Canada Flintridge fire  08/27/09 Christine Cotter/Los Angeles Times Heat, smoke, and wildfires in the Southland today. Fire crews battling four brushfires will not get much help from the weather. Another hot dry day is expected with temperatures reaching in the triple-digits in some areas. This is typical August weather, which did not arrive until a few days ago. Overnight that little brusher burning near La Canada Flintridge took off. It has grown to around 1,500 acres and is now threatening hundreds of homes. The flames erupted Wednesday afternoon near the Angeles Crest Highway.... Read More →

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Firefighters getting the upper hand on the Santa Barbara fire

Photo: Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times Firefighters battling that huge Santa Barbara wildfire are getting some help from the weather today. The winds are calm, temperatures have dropped, the humidity is up, and the fog has rolled into the area. Fire officials at a news conference this morning announced they’re taking advantage of this break and are now going “on the offensive” against the five-day-old wildfire. Still they say their “guard is up” because they’re “not out of the woods” yet. The wildfire is 30 percent contained, but has burned 8,700... Read More →

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That Santa Barbara wildfire continues to rampage

Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times As the photo above shows, the Santa Barbara wildfire was pretty scary yesterday; today it’s even more so. Those erratic and strong sundowner winds kicked up last night and the wildfire exploded again, burning more acres, homes, and forcing thousands to grab what they could and evacuate. Photo: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times Acting Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio described it best:”…last night all hell broke loose.” This morning, officials say the number of acres scorched has reached 3,500 along... Read More →

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The battle continues to rage against that Santa Barbara wildfire

Photo: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times Fire crews took advantage of the calmer winds today and aggressively attacked that Santa Barbara wildfire on the ground and from the air. Tonight, the number of acres scorched was up from 13-hundred to 27-hundred. Many homes were saved, but 75 were damaged or destroyed by the flames. Also, more than 13-thousand people have been evacuated. Earlier in the day, we got an update on those three injured firefighters flown to the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks yesterday. Their condition was upgraded from serious to good. A total of 10 firefighters... Read More →

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Santa Barbara wildfire roars into a firestorm

Photo: Lawrence K. Ho/ Los Angeles Times Strong winds whipped that wildfire in the foothills of Santa Barbara into a firestorm late today. The powerful winds, known as sundowners, reached 50 miles an hour and higher in some areas. Eight thousand people  were evacuated, at least 500 acres charred, and at least 20 homes have burned to the ground. Photo: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times KNX 1070 newsradio says several firefighters have been injured; three from Ventura County were airlifted to Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks tonight. So far, no... Read More →

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Wildfires & Burbank Fire Service Day

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove –Burbank The Southern California fire season kicked off early with a wildfire that erupted in the Santa Barbara foothills yesterday. The battle is still going on today with water-dropping aircraft and hand crews on the ground. More than a thousand homes have been evacuated and nearly 200 acres burned. Meanwhile here in Burbank, firefighters are keeping a close eye on local hillsides and brush areas, especially with temperatures expected in the mid-80s to the low 90s over the next couple of days. A few weeks ago on March 31, Burbank... Read More →

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Serious rain on the way; evacuations in Southland burn areas

   While some folks scramble to find their rarely used umbrellas today, others in the Southland are either sandbagging or shoring up their properties in the areas charred by the recent wildfires. The threat of mudslides is so serious in Orange County, volunteer evacuations are recommended in the most fire-ravaged  canyon areas of Yorba Linda. Earlier this month, wind-whipped wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes and scorched thousands of acres in Santa Barbara, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. Meanwhile, other communities like Sierra Madre are sandbagging as well because nearby hillsides were victimized... Read More →

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Officials call the Santa Barbara County wildfire an accident

  Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times — A Montecito home is destroyed by last Thursday’s wildfire.   Late today, officials announced last week’s destructive wildfire in Santa Barbara County was caused by a bonfire in the Tea House Garden area above the upscale enclave, Montecito. Some young people reportedly created the bonfire and thought they had put it out before they left. Sundowner winds of 70 miles an hour apparently whipped some of the remains of that bonfire into a firestorm on Thursday night.  More than 210 homes, including one owned by actor Christopher Lloyd, were... Read More →

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President-elect Obama touched by the plight of Southland fire victims

  Barack Obama greets the crowd at his victory rally in Chicago on election night.   President-elect Barack Obama is not in charge yet, but that has not stopped him from showing compassion and exerting his influence. At a news conference late yesterday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced he had received a phone call from President-elect Obama, “.. he and his transition team are in contact with the White House.” Mayor Villaraigosa cautioned there is only one president at a time, but indicated he was hopeful that Mr. Obama could... Read More →

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Fire crews gain ground on stubborn Southland wildfires

  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... Read More →

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Wildfires still burning in the Southland

Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times A firefighting plane circles the flames and smoke in Yorba Linda The major battle against these destructive wildfires shifted to Orange and San Bernardino Counties today where the flames are the most threatening. Fire crews from Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara County, and as far away as San Mateo in Northern California are joining that fight. Since yesterday, more than 10,000 acres have burned in Chino Hills, Carbon Canyon, Yorba Linda, Corona, Anaheim Hills, and Brea. Thousands of people have been evacuated. At least a hundred homes and apartment units... Read More →

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Sylmar fire causes power problems in the Southland

  Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times A firefighter battles to save a mobile home in Sylmar. The Burbank foothills in the San Fernando Valley have not been touched by the flames of the rampaging Sylmar wildfire, but my community is still affected. A short time ago, I got an e-mail alert from Burbank City Council Member, Marsha Ramos, about electrical power concerns. FLLewis/ A Writer’s Groove Council Member Marsha Ramos (left in dark blue) helps honor two Burbank city employees during National Library Week last spring. Burbank City Council Member... Read More →

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Fire, wind, and danger in the Southland

Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times The firestorm in Sylmar A fire emergency in the San Fernando Valley today. The main wildfire erupted in the foothills above Veterans Memorial Park in Sylmar last night around 10:30 p.m. Wicked Santa Ana winds of 70 miles an hour whipped the flames into a roaring firestorm. 2,600 to 3,000 acres have been blackened. At least 200 homes have been destroyed and 10,000 people have been evacuated. There is a report of a few injuries with one civilian suffering serious burns. First, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared a state of... Read More →

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Fire and destruction in Santa Barbara County

  Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times A home burns in Montecito last night Today Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County as a massive out-of-control wildfire rages through some wealthy and exclusive neighborhoods. The fire kicked-up last night around 6 p.m. in the Tea House Garden area in the foothills of Montecito. Sundowner winds in the area reached up to 70 miles an hour — destroying at least 100 homes and forcing more than five thousand people to evacuate.  Montecito is a favorite of the rich and famous.... Read More →

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Update on Southland wildfires

Irfan Khan/ Los Angeles Times The temperatures have heated up, but the winds have calmed down in the San Fernando Valley today, giving tenacious fire crews the advantage over two deadly wildfires. One man was killed when his makeshift home was consumed by fire and another person died in a freeway crash on a smoke shrouded freeway. At a news conference this morning, Governor Schwarzenegger announced three firefighters had been injured battling these blazes as well. The largest in Porter Ranch is only 20 percent contained, but fire crews have been able to stop... Read More →

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Santa Ana Winds & Southland Wildfires

  Firefighter battles flames in Porter Ranch — Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times Firefighters continue to attack blazes in Southern California today; two big wildfires in the San Fernando Valley have destroyed homes, businesses, vehicles, and caused two deaths.  Authorities say a break overnight from the strong Santa Ana winds in the Lake View Terrace area allowed crews to get the upper hand on the Marek Fire.  That blaze is now 70 percent contained, but it has scorched close to 5 thousand acres. Tragically, a homeless man and his dog died when their shack... Read More →

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