Skip to comments.Los Angeles: Fire Forces Evacuations, Burns Homes in Sylmar Area
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 ...
What's that about Chickens and Roosting ?
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
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.
Fire is at the Old Road now.
Talk about Hell on earth...
Yes, that’s about it.
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
Everytime we get these firestorms, I say it again, there needs to be a death penalty for arson, period.
Incident: 0735 Type: Structure or Grass Fire
Location: SYLMAR FIRE info as of: 11/15/2008 6:32:54 AM
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
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
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..
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!
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.
KABC Channel 7 is live streaming their local coverage.
We have been smelling smoke here all night. We’re South and West of the fire.
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.
Mayor: Fire is threatening entire Los Angeles power supply.
We may have to resort to rolling blackouts.
Thanks for the map!
Good question, mtntop3. Cindy, Karl and Lainie, have you heard about this?