- Brown declares state of emergency as Thomas Fire grows to 45,500 acres The Thomas Fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula has grown wildly to more than 70 square miles, burning at least 150 structures. More than 27,000 people have been evacuated. Slideshow
- Rye Fire in Santa Clarita forces 5 Freeway closure
- Creek Fire burns 4,000 acres in Sylmar area; 2,500 homes evacuated Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for potions of Sylmar and Lake View Terrace.The fire was zero percent contained, officials said. Slideshow
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
California catches on FIRE overnight
Larry Mantle (KPCC/scpr.org); Seth Auberon, Xochitl, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
In old California of the early Hollywood and Los Angeles days, about a century ago, they were afraid of these crazy Santa Ana winds.
We consider it an annoyance but no big deal. They help to clear the smog, make things annoying with static cling, and blow around junk in the yard, tear down signs, and create some driving hazards. Who knew about the massive fire danger?!
There were no fires 24 hours ago, now the San Fernando Valley is ablaze and out of control. Sylmar, a sleepy old town against the foothills of northwest LA is now a massive smoke bomb. But the winds are sending embers ahead of fires to ignite new blazes and homes. Local Southern California Public Radio (KPCC FM/SCPR.org) has continuous coverage.