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Los Angeles Hills And Canyons On Fire Once Again

Saturday, August 29, 2009

It seems like a curse and it is now not just a seasonal event, but year round. The steep hills and deep canyons of Los Angeles county are so tinder dry that it is almost a miracle that all of it isn’t on fire.  The biggest and most dangerous fire is in La Cañada Flintridge, another is the Morris Fire, burning about 5 miles north of Azusa near Morris Dam, that has scorched more than 2,100 acres. (interactive map)


The Station Fire in La Cañada Flintridge has burned about 20,000 acres and is 5 percent contained and has now forced evacuations as it threatens nearly 10,000 homes. Evacuations were ordered for La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Altadena and Big Tujunga Canyon as at least three homes are destroyed.

On Thursday night another canyon fire began in Palos Verdes Peninsula. That fire is almost out, at 90% containment. Adding to all this misery has been a blistering heat wave. Day time temperatures have been well in the 100’s and there is little relief ahead.

La Cañada Flintridge fire (Al Seib Los Angeles Times)

La Cañada Flintridge fire (Al Seib Los Angeles Times)

Owning a home in the hills and canyons of southern California has inherent danger now a days. The rainy winters create lush growth and then the hot, dry spring and summers raise the risk level off the charts.

Here are more of my posts on L.A. fires. Firestorms Ravage Southern California: UPDATE

Fires Rage In Southern California — Again

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