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Los Angeles: Fire Forces Evacuations, Burns Homes in Sylmar Area
FOX News ^ | 15 November 2008

Posted on 11/15/2008 2:27:38 AM PST by bd476


Fire Forces Evacuations, Burns Homes in Sylmar Area

Sayre Fire is near the 210 Freeway in Northern Los Angeles.


A dangerous, fast-moving brush fire in the Sylmar section of the San Fernando Valley, spread by gusting 50 mph winds has now burned at least five homes and is threatening several more, City Fire Department spokesperson Melissa Kelly said today.

So far there are no reports of injuries to residents or fire personnel, said Kelly.

The blaze ignited about 10:30 p.m. in the dry, brushy hills above 13000 W. Sayre Street near Shablow Ave, and has so far consumed more than 500 acres.


(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxla.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 0prah; fire; lafd; losangeles; wildfires
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1 posted on 11/15/2008 2:27:39 AM PST by bd476
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To: BurbankKarl; lainie

Ping.


2 posted on 11/15/2008 2:31:47 AM PST by bd476
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ADDING LINKS:

http://lafd.blogspot.com/
http://groups.google.com/group/LAFD_ALERT


3 posted on 11/15/2008 2:47:27 AM PST by Cindy
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ABC 30 KFSN

Massive Wildfire Flares up in Sylmar

Friday, November 14, 2008


SYLMAR, Calif. (KFSN) -- A wildfire burning in the foothills north of Sylmar was reported at 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

The fire quickly flared up and burned several hillsides north of where the 118 and 210 freeways intersect at the base of the Angeles National Forest, just above Veterans Memorial County Park.

The fire reportedly has burned approximately 100 acres. At least three homes were burned in the fire...

Excerpted. Continues at KFSN:

Massive Wildfire Flares up in Sylmar


4 posted on 11/15/2008 3:00:50 AM PST by bd476
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To: Cindy; lainie; BurbankKarl; pollywog; Brad's Gramma
Thanks Cindy. Also see extensive discussion begun by Lainie here 266

To: Brad's Gramma; BurbankKarl

New huge fire storm, Sylmar, Hubbard Street.. vicinity of where 210 & 118 meet

KCBS chopper showing huge wind gusts

266 posted on Friday, November 14, 2008 11:09:36 PM by lainie (The US congress is full to the brim of absolutely disgusting thieves who deserve humiliating oust

with continuing scanner updates from BurbankKarl.

5 posted on 11/15/2008 3:07:30 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476; lainie

Thanks for the info and update bd476 and thank you Lainie for all the updates on the other thread.


6 posted on 11/15/2008 3:17:24 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy; BurbankKarl

You’re welcome Cindy and thank you.

They’re saying these terrible wind gusts won’t let up until around noon tomorrow. It’s about 80 degrees now humidity in single digits now, very poor conditions for fire fighting.


7 posted on 11/15/2008 3:31:14 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

I’m sorry to read this bd476.
Is it still dry with very little rain in that area?


8 posted on 11/15/2008 3:37:22 AM PST by Cindy
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To: bd476

5,000 evacuations so far, air quality is bad now and will be worse tomorrow. Advising people to stay inside next few days.

Showing fully engulfed homes on fire.


9 posted on 11/15/2008 3:38:38 AM PST by bd476
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To: Cindy

Santa Ana winds these past few days made it extremely dry hazardous conditions.


10 posted on 11/15/2008 3:40:14 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

For anyone not in the area who has the Dish Network Superstation Package, KTLA is live on channel 232.


11 posted on 11/15/2008 4:02:27 AM PST by John W (Voters were more afraid of losing their money than losing their souls.)
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To: bd476

Ok, that’s hard on the fire fighters and residents alike.


12 posted on 11/15/2008 4:11:57 AM PST by Cindy
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To: John W; BurbankKarl; lainie; Cindy

One fireman has been airlifted to Northridge Hospital with severe chest pains. Homes burning West of Olive View Hospital. Continuing wind streams of burning embers.

Fire at top of hill near broadcasting tower.
Sycamore and Sombrero: structures are burning.

Ashes reported landing as far west as Thousand Oaks.


13 posted on 11/15/2008 4:14:30 AM PST by bd476
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To: Cindy; BurbankKarl; lainie

Reporters on Channel 13 are right in the middle of all this, still sharp, soot covered with the fastest updates, continuing reports from LAFD. The anchors also caught the LAFD Captain’s glitches.

Then I switched over to local ABC affiliate where reporter Lesley Miller said “I really don’t know what’s going on here... sorry... “ (click)

KTLA 5 was a little better than 7, but 13 KCOP is by far top notch on this story.

Update: 10 homes burned
2 buildings at Olive View Hospital burned
5000 evacuated

On 405 San Diego Freeway many big rigs on side of road, visuala and extreme wind conditions.

5 Freeway the Golden State Freeway very hazardous driving conditions

Reported many new evacuations

One man injured with severe burns hospitalized earlier

Karl, Lainie, ever figure out what’s up with Lesley Miller? She’s pretty but ... well God Bless her she tries really, really, really, really, really hard.


14 posted on 11/15/2008 4:32:02 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Live feed here: http://media.myfoxla.com/live/


15 posted on 11/15/2008 4:33:09 AM PST by freerites
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To: bd476

Prayers for all in harm’s way.


16 posted on 11/15/2008 4:34:29 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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Wild fires create their own weather system. This fire is creating tornado like conditions.




17 posted on 11/15/2008 4:53:08 AM PST by bd476
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To: BurbankKarl; lainie

LAFD just said that reports are coming in that fire has jumped from East over to West of the 5 Freeway at the 210. Not verified yet but spokesman said fire was headed that way.

KCOP anchor said it looks like Balboa region now burning.

Helo pilot now confirms fire is now West of 5.

I have a friend who lives near there.


18 posted on 11/15/2008 5:05:38 AM PST by bd476
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To: mewzilla

Joining you in prayers for those in path of this fire.


19 posted on 11/15/2008 5:07:20 AM PST by bd476
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To: BurbankKarl; lainie

My lights have been flickering in last half hour.


20 posted on 11/15/2008 5:11:00 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476
Wacko Environmental Laws!

What's that about Chickens and Roosting ?

21 posted on 11/15/2008 5:17:08 AM PST by TexasCajun
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Press Conference:

Fire is progressing West now. Now saying they put in large resources request

125 strike teams there or on way.
6 fixed wings
6 heavy helicopters
6 medium helicopters

Expanded evacuated areas :

West of 5 bordering Granada Hills to
East of Reseda West of Balboa

North of Robert Frost Middle School
Granada Hills

New freeway closures:

I-5 closed at 126
I-5 closed at 14
405 shut down at 118

All San Fernando Freeways now considered closed because of rapid movement of fire

2600 acres burned so far

Fire moving fast around 1 mile/hour

Oakridge Complex on fire on Sombrero North of 210

Moving toward aqueduct

Not anywhere near previous burn areas.

This is bad news folks.

I need to sleep but should watch. It’s closer now.


22 posted on 11/15/2008 5:26:03 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Fire is at the Old Road now.


23 posted on 11/15/2008 5:37:42 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

24 posted on 11/15/2008 5:40:20 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Talk about Hell on earth...


25 posted on 11/15/2008 5:42:02 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

Yes, that’s about it.


26 posted on 11/15/2008 6:29:25 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

This thing went FAST. I live in Simi and our town had burning last month. This thing had to be intentionally set. It started as a fire on a hillside along the freeway at 1031pm last night. For any of you police/fire junkies, you can read the order of call out, from 1031pm to now here, courtesy of sigalert.com

http://www.sigalert.com/incidents.asp?Region=Greater+Los+Angeles&id=1480093516#selected

Everytime we get these firestorms, I say it again, there needs to be a death penalty for arson, period.


27 posted on 11/15/2008 6:41:43 AM PST by RadioCirca1970 (CovertRadioShow.Com: Your Source for American Intelligence)
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Incident: 0735 Type: Structure or Grass Fire

Location: SYLMAR FIRE info as of: 11/15/2008 6:32:54 AM

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

6:35AM PER 78-S6 THIS CLOSURE WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR MORE UNITS

6:35AM SEE LINE 12 RE PLACERITA ONR

6:30AM CALTRANS IS IN PROCESS OF CLOSING ALL ONRS JSO SR126 TO CALGROVE

6:30AM PER 78-506C HARD CLOSURE IN PLACE SB 5 AT SR126

6:28AM PER SCVSO, THEY ARE RECIEVING CALLS OF VEHS EXITING W/WAY ON PLACERITA ONR TO SB 14

6:21AM CALTRANS HAS HARD CLOSURE SB 5 AT SR126, ONRS ON 5 BETWEEN SR126 AND CALGROVE ARE STILL OPEN W/HARD CLOSURE AT CALGROVE

6:20AM OFF DUTY PD HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THRU THE OLD ROAD AT SAN FERNANDO - THEY ARE TURNING AROUND AND COMING BACK DUE TO FLAMES AND DOWNED POWER LINES PER E64

6:13AM CLOSURES ** WB 210 CLOSED AT SR118

6:13AM CLOSURES ** ALL NB 5 CLOSED AT SR118 //
ALL SB 5 CLOSED AT SR126

6:10AM LAPD ADVS WILL NOT BE RESPONDING TO SAN FERNANDO OFF 5; PER THEIR COMMAND POST SGT THEIR SGT ADVS THEY WANT TO KEEP IT OPEN SO THEIR OFCRS CAN ACCESS THE RD FOR WORK

5:57AM SYLMAR FIRE STARTED AT APPROX 2230HRS IN THE VICINITY HUBBARD JNO 210


28 posted on 11/15/2008 6:43:05 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

0820 6:47AM Structure or Grass Fire LAS VIRGENES RD AT MALIBU CANYON RD West Valley
0818 6:47AM Structure or Grass Fire LAS VIRGENES RD AT EB US101 Southern Division


29 posted on 11/15/2008 6:50:14 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Wow- you guys are really getting hit hard. I have friends in SoCa so I’m trying to figure out where this is all taking place.

You’re doing an excellent job with updates.

Prayers from Central FL..


30 posted on 11/15/2008 6:54:22 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: RadioCirca1970
RadioCirca1970 wrote: "...This thing had to be intentionally set. It started as a fire on a hillside along the freeway at 1031pm last night."

You might be right yet I hope not. The wind gusts sent big embers flying horizontally all night long. Ashes have been reported landing in Thousand Oaks this morning. One anchor said that in a recent fire an entire block of homes nowhere close to the path of the fire went up after the residents left their garage doors opened. Embers flew into the open garages and all the homes were lost.

Thank you for the cool link!

31 posted on 11/15/2008 6:58:58 AM PST by bd476
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To: SE Mom; lainie; BurbankKarl
Thanks SE Mom. Big thanks to Lainie and BurbankKarl for getting the first information and updates started.

Here's a map with the most recent fire areas and evacuation areas.

Map of Sayre Fire in Sylmar

This is a map of evacuation information related to the Sayre Fire burning in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles on Saturday, November 15, 2008.
32 posted on 11/15/2008 7:10:44 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

You are right on, I have heard many reports over the years of hot embers igniting garages, even peoples cars, as they were packing for an evac, imagine that, all your stuff is in your car, you are about to evac and the car catches fire, with all your most important stuff...sad...those embers can travel up to a mile. You are right, there are ashes on my balcony, and we are probably 8-9miles from the fire line right now. We are off the 118 at Kuehner, the fire is over at Balboa or Reseda...For reference purposes, the Reagan Library is nowhere near this, its another 7miles, west down the 118.


33 posted on 11/15/2008 7:17:49 AM PST by RadioCirca1970 (CovertRadioShow.Com: Your Source for American Intelligence)
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To: RadioCirca1970

KABC Channel 7 is live streaming their local coverage.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/livenow?id=6507463


34 posted on 11/15/2008 7:19:05 AM PST by RadioCirca1970 (CovertRadioShow.Com: Your Source for American Intelligence)
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To: RadioCirca1970

We have been smelling smoke here all night. We’re South and West of the fire.


35 posted on 11/15/2008 7:24:37 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

bump


36 posted on 11/15/2008 7:56:09 AM PST by united1000
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To: bd476

Didn’t Osama bin Laden or his murderous assistants just state recently that they were going to set the non-Muslim world, and particularly the U. S., literally on fire - and specifically indicated the possibility of arson in forests and areas throughout?

They had a name for it - and world-wide arson of fields and woods was clearly indicated.


37 posted on 11/15/2008 8:09:19 AM PST by mtntop3
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Mayor: Fire is threatening entire Los Angeles power supply.

We may have to resort to rolling blackouts.


38 posted on 11/15/2008 8:09:33 AM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Thanks for the map!

Stay safe.


39 posted on 11/15/2008 8:13:22 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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mtntop3 wrote: "Didn’t Osama bin Laden or his murderous assistants just state recently that they were going to set the non-Muslim world, and particularly the U. S., literally on fire - and specifically indicated the possibility of arson in forests and areas throughout?

They had a name for it - and world-wide arson of fields and woods was clearly indicated."


Good question, mtntop3. Cindy, Karl and Lainie, have you heard about this?

40 posted on 11/15/2008 8:17:37 AM PST by bd476
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Idiot L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa holding press conference now assuring people he will still make it, in spite of the fire, to the anti-Proposition 8 rally later today!

What a doofus! He just had to slip that in during a raging firestorm that could end up destroying countless homes during the next few hours.

41 posted on 11/15/2008 8:23:05 AM PST by Deo volente (On January 20, 2009 America moves to DEFCON 2.)
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To: bd476

Thank you so much for all of the information on this fire.

I hadn’t even heard about it until a little blurb on our local SD news. So I knew to come here to find out the latest.

Praying for all of us in SoCal as the Santa Ana winds are kicking into overdrive today.


42 posted on 11/15/2008 8:23:37 AM PST by KylaStarr (..keeping watch)
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To: Deo volente
Is it really bad of me to hope that Hussien Obama takes him and a whole lot of others to Washington so that maybe, possibly, we might get our city back under control? Yeah, probably is. Smoke from the Sylmar fire is now visible from the Pomona valley, and unlike a lot of fires in SoCal, probably the most dense and ground hugging smoke I've seen.
43 posted on 11/15/2008 8:29:39 AM PST by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: bd476

Its blowing hard in Ventura County. These are bad times for wild fires in South California. I have friends who lost home in Santa Barbara.


44 posted on 11/15/2008 8:33:35 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: bd476; Cindy; WestCoastGal; Rushmore Rocks; Velveeta

jihadi scum will resort to anything at anytime, evil is evil.

That being said, yes, I recall many of their propaganda broadcasts/videos where they mention using widespread arson in different locations.

It also seems that a couple of the wildfires up around the Palm Springs area, app. 2 years ago, had very suspicious origins and were chatted about as dry runs.

I’m sure the rest of the group can help out with this : )


45 posted on 11/15/2008 8:35:58 AM PST by KylaStarr (..keeping watch)
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An older couple that wifey worked with lives (lived, I guess) in that Glenoaks/Foothill mobile park.....right near the front gate. Doesn't look good at all for them, going by the TV.

They got hammered and knocked off foundation during the Northridge quake, and it took forever to get them healed; now this. I'm sure that park will never rebuild - they've had too many fire scares over the years.

46 posted on 11/15/2008 8:39:25 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Cuba got "Change"...in 1959)
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Mayor: Fire is threatening entire Los Angeles power supply.

Not surprised. MAJOR substation in Sylmar. It was knocked out during the Sylmar quake ('71?)

47 posted on 11/15/2008 8:44:28 AM PST by null and void (Hypothetically speaking, how do you make Molotov Cocktails when everything comes in plastic bottles?)
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To: Deo volente
What a doofus! He just had to slip that in during a raging firestorm that could end up destroying countless homes during the next few hours.

Makes sense, totally consistent.

Fires destroy houses, Prop 8 destroys...

48 posted on 11/15/2008 8:46:27 AM PST by null and void (Hypothetically speaking, how do you make Molotov Cocktails when everything comes in plastic bottles?)
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Fires in California. Whoop.

Since when are there not fires out there?

I love how the news act like it is a big deal, but it is just typical California burning.


49 posted on 11/15/2008 8:51:00 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: RadioCirca1970

Didn’t I read somewhere that Al-Qaeda was going to attack the US again by setting Forrest fires or something like that? OR was I dreaming?! I thought I read an article here somewhere. Hmmmm those fires sound very suspicious though! On another note, didn’t I hear ONE of Oprah’s home burned down too?


50 posted on 11/15/2008 8:51:10 AM PST by RoseofTexas (GOD SEES ALL AND NONE WILL ESCAPE HIS JUDGMENT!!)
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