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Fire Torches Homes Near L.A., Hundreds Flee (Palos Verdes area)
FoxNews.com ^ | 08/28/09 | Staff

Posted on 08/27/2009 11:06:57 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

LOS ANGELES — Wildfires erupted up and down California Thursday as a late summer siege of heat and low humidity levels made conditions ripe for conflagrations.

Structures could be seen burning in the wealthy communities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula south of Los Angeles, while suburbs on the foothills to the north of the city were threatened by a slumbering fire that suddenly roared to life in the evening hours.

Dozens of homes were evacuated in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County fire Inspector Steve Zermeno said. TV news footage showed structures on fire and at least one entirely engulfed in flames. Fire officials could not confirm if any structures or homes had been damaged or destroyed.

In the northern Los Angeles foothill suburb of La Canada Flintridge, residents of about 500 homes were told to evacuate Thursday night, where a fast-moving wildfire has crested a ridge and is burning downhill towards neighborhoods.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; fire; la; wildfires
Hope everyone gets out safe; not much more dangerous than a fast-moving, out of control brush fire.

Doesn't Trump have his Golf Course in Palos Verdes?

1 posted on 08/27/2009 11:06:58 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Yes, but I don’t think it will affect the course...it is VERY green and there’s sprinklers all over the place. I hike around it at times.


2 posted on 08/27/2009 11:15:06 PM PDT by Loud Mime (barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: OldDeckHand

Yes, south of the “Portuguese bend” but the fire is not as close to this as in other areas.


3 posted on 08/27/2009 11:17:08 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: OldDeckHand
I hope these folks have fire insurance. If not, I'm totally secure in knowing that Obama will rescue them.
4 posted on 08/27/2009 11:29:22 PM PDT by antiunion person (PALIN for PRESIDENT 2012)
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To: OldDeckHand

We used to live in Rancho Palos Verdes, about thirty years ago. Beautiful area, very expensive homes, many on hilltops with fantastic views of the coast.


5 posted on 08/27/2009 11:37:42 PM PDT by Deo volente ("WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!" HRC, 2003)
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To: Steelfish

Channel 7 in L.A. is saying it’s near Crest Road in Rolling Hills. Lots of people in that area have horses stabled on their properties. It’s a private, gated community.
There’s a large wall of fire moving up the hillside right now.

About 120 homes nearby, multi-million dollar properties, a nature preserve nearby (didn’t get the name).

Fire captain speaking now: “extremely dense and dry brush...
nine streets have been evacuated...trying to keep the fire south of Crest Road...”


6 posted on 08/27/2009 11:48:39 PM PDT by Deo volente ("WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!" HRC, 2003)
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To: OldDeckHand

Four choppers are to fly throughout the night dropping water, not so much to put out the fire but to cut down on some of its heat. The fire looks better than it did a half-hour ago, it’s no longer running up the canyon. It doesn’t look out of control like it did earlier.

Fire appears to be burning steadily but away from the homes up on the hill.


7 posted on 08/28/2009 12:08:20 AM PDT by Deo volente ("WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!" HRC, 2003)
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To: Deo volente

I have two live feeds from MyFoxLA:

http://media.myfoxla.com/live/

http://media.myfoxla.com/live/2/

First one seems to be a stationary truck; second is a chopper buzzing over the various locations.


8 posted on 08/28/2009 12:21:30 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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I’m worried about tomorrow. Temperatures in the area could be in the high 90’s with extremely low humidity.

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=90274&wuSelect=WEATHER

The good thing about this fire is it doesn’t appear to be very large. Hopefully they can knock it down tonight.


9 posted on 08/28/2009 12:39:15 AM PDT by Deo volente ("WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!" HRC, 2003)
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Jerry River’s little friends dropping cigarettes again?


10 posted on 08/28/2009 1:09:48 AM PDT by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . . . . KILLAGRAM@WHITEHOUSE.GOV . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Deo volente

I grew up in RPV and my mom still lives there. There are a number of Palos Verdes Freepers here. I have been glued to the TV all night and have never seen such a large fire in the area. It hasn’t burned like this in over 35 years. It looks like the Fire Dept. has done an outstanding job of getting it under control. It is a beautiful place to live and visit.


11 posted on 08/28/2009 1:37:38 AM PDT by Irishgirl
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My college roommate lived there in the 60s and 70s. She took me home with her one weekend, and it was gorgeous!

Mrs. PoS

12 posted on 08/28/2009 2:27:35 AM PDT by Prince of Space (UPS and FedEx are doing just fine... it's the post office that's always having problems.)
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I’m really sorry about the fire trouble, but the good news is that it gives us a break from Kennedy adulation 24/7 from the news whores!


13 posted on 08/28/2009 5:51:44 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: Irishgirl
Have you heard from your Mom yet?

It is a really nice location there on the peninsula. I have family - 2 different branches, in fact - living in RPV & PV Estates, both safely across Hawthorne from Crest/Portuguese Bend where last night's fire seems to have been, thankfully.

Luckily the winds were nonexistent last night so the FD could send up the choppers to drop water. An update at the OP article this morning says:

"We've been able to knock the intensity of the head of the fire, slowing its rate of spread, and giving most of the concentration to the flanks throughout the night," Stowers said.

Stowers said there were an unknown number of structures damaged by flames before firefighters reached the scene Thursday night, but he stressed early today that "no structures have been destroyed."

Whew! How's that for service? My prayers were answered before I finished reading the update. ;-)

14 posted on 08/28/2009 7:28:44 AM PDT by leilani
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Just caught a report on that Feed #2 above that said the Station Fire up by La Crescenta is growing and not contained. Back in the 60’s I went there with a friend in the Navy who had relatives in that area of the foothills - really beautiful area. As I recall, they didn’t use grass for the lawns, but something that looked like clover. Hope they get it under control and everyone stays safe.


15 posted on 08/28/2009 9:10:44 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: leilani; Irishgirl

The fire captain was on TV a little while ago saying that the use of the choppers dropping water all through the night was critical to the containment of this fire. I think he said there were five helicopters in all, with powerful night vision lights. Most cities don’t have these kind of helicopters that can fly all night.


16 posted on 08/28/2009 9:19:35 AM PDT by Deo volente ("WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!" HRC, 2003)
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