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Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:20:46 PM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/16/Structures-burning-in-Southern-California-wildfire

Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire

from AP 16 Jan 2014, 10:17 AM PDT


By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON

GLENDORA, Calif.



Homes burned in a wildfire threatening neighborhoods in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains on Thursday, fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into the city below. Residents who awakened in the pre-dawn darkness to see flames approaching were ordered to evacuate.

Television images showed several structures engulfed in flames in a neighborhood abutting Angeles National Forest, just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora. Homes are nestled in canyons and among rugged ridges that made an accurate assessment difficult.

At least 125 acres of dry brush was charred in the wilderness area about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Police said they questioned three persons of interest detained near Colby Trail, where the fire was believed to have started. Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Roth stressed that they were not suspects.

The notorious Santa Anas, linked to the spread of Southern California's worst wildfires, picked up at daybreak. The extremely dry Santa Anas blow downslope and can push fires out of the mountains and into communities below. The area, which has been historically dry, has been buffeted by the winds which have raised temperatures into the 80s. The Santa Anas typically begin in the fall and last through winter into spring. A wet winter reduces fire risk, but the whole state is experiencing historically dry conditions.

TV news helicopters spotted embers igniting palm trees in residential yards as firefighters with hoses beat back flames lapping at the edges of homes.

Glendora police said officers were going door to door ordering residents of the city of 50,000 to leave. Citrus College, located in the heart of Glendora, canceled classes for the day.

Several schools were closed. The Glendora Unified School District closed Goddard Middle School, which was being used as a fire department command post. District spokeswoman Michelle Hunter said 900 students attend the school, which is near the fire and within the evacuation area.

More than 500 firefighters were on the scene. The Los Angeles County Fire Department deployed seven engines and three helicopters to the fire, which was reported around 5:50 a.m. (PST) and was growing rapidly. Officials added to the firefighting aircraft with a water-dropping Super Scooper plane.

Ash rained down on the city, said Jonathan Lambert, 31, general manager of Classic Coffee.

"We're underneath a giant cloud of smoke," he said. "It's throwing quite the eerie shadow over a lot of Glendora."

Resident Eric Black told KCAL-TV that he is preparing to evacuate, but he's going to try to protect his home.

"We're loading up the motorhome right now. If we need to go, we'll go." Black told the station. He had been using his garden hose to wet the brush around his house. "I'm going to stay as long as I can to try to protect."

The last catastrophic fire in the San Gabriel Mountains broke out in 2009 and burned for months. The flames blackened 250 square miles, killed two firefighters and destroyed 209 structures, including 89 homes.

California is in a historically dry era and winter has brought no relief.

Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions were posted from Santa Barbara County south through Los Angeles to the U.S.-Mexico border, along the spine of the Sierra Nevada, and in areas east and north of San Francisco Bay.

Fires that struck windy areas of the state earlier in the week were quickly quashed by large deployments of firefighters, aircraft and other equipment before the flames could be stoked by gusts into major conflagrations.

Large parts of Southern California below mountain passes, canyons and foothills have been buffeted all week by the region's notorious Santa Ana winds.

Spawned by surface high pressure over the interior of the West, the Santa Anas form as the cold air flows toward Southern California, then speeds up and warms as it descends in a rush toward the coast. Some of the most extreme gusts reported by the National Weather Service topped 70 mph.

These offshore winds also raise temperatures to summerlike levels. Many areas have enjoyed temperatures well into the 80s.

California is also under the influence of a persistent upper-level ridge of high pressure anchored off its north coast that has also kept the region generally warm, dry and clear.
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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 05:27:16 PM »
It's dry and windy out here.  Bad combo for SoCal.
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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 05:39:47 PM »
The Santa Ana weather condition is due to high pressure over the Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

The air becomes warm, by compression as it comes down from higher to lower elevations.

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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 05:42:02 PM »
The Santa Ana weather condition is due to high pressure over the Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

The air becomes warm, by compression as it comes down from higher to lower elevations.

I know.
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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2014, 11:06:14 PM »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2540742/California-wildfires-rage-control-threaten-neighborhoods-police-question-two-persons-interest.html#ixzz2qcAvstKd

Campfire blamed and three men charged over 1,700 ACRE wildfire still burning out of control north of Los Angeles causing thousands to be evacuated

    Three people have been charged with recklessly starting a fire

    Police say they started the fire by throwing paper into a campfire

    The wildfire is burning out of control near homes in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains

    Police went door-to-door this morning evacuating residents

    Up to 2,000 people have been evacuated

    The blaze has charred at least 125 acres and being fanned by the Santa Anas wind, which is likely to force it closer to communities

    The last fire in the area burned for months and claimed 89 homes and the lives of two firefighters

By Associated Press

PUBLISHED: 12:58 EST, 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 20:04 EST, 16 January 2014


Authorities say up to 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that burned two homes and threatened neighborhoods in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains wildfire.

Police say the fire was started by three people throwing paper in a campfire. They were booked on charges of recklessly starting a fire.The suspects were identified as Clifford Eugene Henry, 22, of Glendora; Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 23, of Irwindale; and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, a Los Angeles transient.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby says one resident suffered minor burn injuries in the fire being fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into the city below.




Fire-prone area: In the last serious wildfire in the area, two firemen lost their lives and 89 houses were destroyed



Grand home: A fireman calls for more water as the fire burns a portion of the former Singer home, of sewing machine fame



This locator map shows Glendora, and the fires are raging just to the north



Thick smoke: Rita Abouchedid covers her face from heavy smoke as fire approaches her home on Kregmont Drive in Glendora, California



Destruction: A car and house burn in The Colby Fire above Glendora after nearly 2,000 residents were evacuated and two homes burned in a wildfire that started early Thursday when three people tossed paper into a campfire in the dangerously dry foothills



Dramatic skyline: A large fire plume rises above the downtown skyline from the fast-growing Colby fire in Southern California from the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Thursday morning



Careless: Authorities say three people have been arrested for starting the fire by throwing paper into a campfire



The three men arrested for starting the fire are Robert Aguirre, Clifford Eugene Henry and Jonathan Carl Jarrell

At least two-and-a-half square miles of dry brush were charred in the wilderness area about 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The area, which has been historically dry, has been buffeted by the winds which have raised temperatures into the 80s.

The blaze has charred at least 125 acres above a neighborhood abutting a canyon of Angeles National Forest, just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora.

Evacuations have been ordered for houses at the edge of the fire, which started about 5:50 a.m.

 
Three held as campfire started California wildfires



Threatened: Southern California authorities have ordered the evacuation of homes at the edge of a fast-moving wildfire burning in the dangerously dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains


Ablaze: A structure burns in the San Gabriel mountain brush-fire in Glendora, California today



Out of control: A resident on the roof of a house talks on the phone as a wildfire burns in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, California



Hazardous: Local schools have canceled classes and residents have been forced to evacuate their homes in the face of the blaze



Too close for comfort: A fast-moving wildfire makes it way up a hill towards a house in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora



Aerial view: The fire is raging out of control in the hills north of Los Angeles thanks to three people lighting a campfire



Toll: The fire has claimed one home and injured one person so far

The notorious Santa Anas, linked to the spread of Southern Californians worst wildfires, picked up at daybreak. The extremely dry Santa Anas blow downslope and can push fires out of the mountains and into communities below.

TV news helicopters spotted embers igniting palm trees in residential yards as firefighters with hoses beat back flames lapping at the edges of homes.

Glendora police said officers were going door to door ordering residents to leave. Citrus College, located in the heart of Glendora, canceled classes for the day.



On guard: A Los Angeles County Sheriff blocks a road in a Glendora neighborhood while a wildfire burns in the hills



Dry and windy conditions: The wildfire is being fanned by the Santa Anas as it burns in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora, California


Support: Family members comfort each other as they evacuate their home as firefighters battle a wildfire in Azusa, California



Dangerously close: A firefighting helicopter passes over the hills behind homes as a wildfire burns just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora

The Los Angeles County Fire Department deployed seven engines and three helicopters to the fire, which was reported around 5:50 a.m. (PST) and was growing rapidly. Officials added to the firefighting aircraft with a water-dropping Super Scooper plane.

The fire erupted abruptly, said Jonathan Lambert, general manager of Classic Coffee in Glendora.

'All of a sudden a customer came in, "Have you seen the fire?" "No, we haven't." We went outside and it's been moving incredibly quickly down that hill,' Lambert told KNBC-TV.

The last catastrophic fire in the San Gabriel Mountains broke out in 2009 and burned for months. The flames blackened 250 square miles, killed two firefighters and destroyed 209 structures, including 89 homes.

California is in a historically dry era and winter has brought no relief.



Anxious: Residents watch the progress of the San Gabriel mountain wildfire which has charred at least 125 acres by the Angeles National Forest



Fighting fire: Commuters make their way along the 210 freeway as firefighters battle a wildfire in the hills just north of the San Gabriel Valley community of Glendora



Desperate battle: A homeowner attempts to water down a tree which could easily spark and burn on his property while a wildfire burns in the hills



Serious measures: A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop over homes threatened by the out-of-control wildfire



Prevention: Mark Davis (center) and Fred Lambertson carry a water hose to spray water around Davis' property

Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions were posted from Santa Barbara County south through Los Angeles to the U.S.-Mexico border, along the spine of the Sierra Nevada, and in areas east and north of San Francisco Bay.

Fires that struck windy areas of the state earlier in the week were quickly quashed by large deployments of firefighters, aircraft and other equipment before the flames could be stoked by gusts into major conflagrations.



Rapidly spreading: The fire in the dangerously dry foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains is fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers into neighborhoods in the city below, igniting trees



Under threat: A helicopter drops water on a fire burning near homes on Thursday in Azusa, California

Large parts of Southern California below mountain passes, canyons and foothills have been buffeted all week by the region's notorious Santa Ana winds.

Spawned by surface high pressure over the interior of the West, the Santa Anas form as the cold air flows toward Southern California, then speeds up and warms as it descends in a rush toward the coast. Some of the most extreme gusts reported by the National Weather Service topped 70 mph.

These offshore winds also raise temperatures to summerlike levels. Many areas have enjoyed temperatures well into the 80s.

California is also under the influence of a persistent upper-level ridge of high pressure anchored off its north coast that has also kept the region generally warm, dry and clear.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2014, 11:12:20 PM »
The pictures give me  knot in my stomach. Somewhere I have pictures of an aerial tanker dropping the red slurry on our back hillside in Chino Hills...... and just a year later we came home from work to see the giant plume rising in the sky only to find the fire was burning behind out homes (again) the FD had the street blocked and I could look down the hill and see the firemen were in my backyard fighting the fire. All I could think of was my dogs were in the house... I abandoned my car on the spot and started walking down the hill, the fire chief stopped and gave me a ride to our house - the entire street lined with fire trucks fighting the fire... all our gates wide open. Thank goodness my dogs were okay.. George had been in traffic behind me and they wouldn't let him even walk down..  but they did let me stay inside my house.  The biggest thing with hot fires like this is the heat gets under the cement tiles and can set the attics on fire even if the fire doesn't hit the house directly...  the heat melted our sprinker system and destroyed all the vegetation in our back yard.. some kids playing with matches had set the fire, but they wouldn't tell anyone who they were. For insurance purposes my husband went to court and petitioned to find out who the kids were so the insurance company could contact their parents.
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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 11:12:34 PM »
Time to call in Tanker 10.
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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2014, 11:34:57 PM »
Time to call in Tanker 10.

See that picture of the person watering down a pine tree?  Nothing burns faster than a pine tree....... it's amazing how fast they explode into flames. 

You know today is 20 years since the Northridge earthquake.   It is also the day we moved to Arizona.
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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2014, 11:38:28 PM »
The oil/tar in pine trees is highly flammable.

When the Lost Pines near Bastrop went up in 2011, it moved so fast that all fire fighters could do is get out of the way.
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Re: Structures Burning in Southern California Wildfire
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2014, 11:42:51 PM »
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-singer-mansion-colby-fire-20140116,0,551961.story#ixzz2qc8JNcsB

Wildfire near L.A.: Part of historic Singer mansion destroyed

By Ruben Vives and Samantha Schaefer

January 16, 2014, 1:47 p.m.

Ron Galloway, 63, stared at the smoldering remains of a guest house at the historic Singer mansion on Kregmont Drive, where he has lived for four years.

Spanish-style arches were all that remained standing in front of piles of broken roof tiles and the smoking rubble of the property. The skeleton of his burned out 1978 Toyota MR2, tire rims melted on the ground, rested in the courtyard nearby as firefighters continued mopping up the area.

“I lost everything, how am I going to survive?” he said.

The historic mansion was built in 1924 by the heirs of the Singer family, of the Singer sewing machine company.

Galloway said that when he awoke Thursday at 6 a.m. as usual he noticed an orange glow coming from the hillside across from the estate. He quickly ran inside to wake his roommates, then rushed back out to try to push his car, which had no battery, away from the building.

Rudy Rosas, 47, who has lived in the guest house for two years, grabbed his Social Security card and birth certificate along with two pairs of pants and two shirts and rode to the bottom of the hill on his bicycle. As he watched the fire spread across the hill, he thought of all the possessions he had left behind.

“You never give these things a thought,” he said.

Flames were already licking the building and firefighters were coming toward it with hoses when Scott Wilhite, 52, who lived there seven months, was rushed out with his briefcase and laptop.

The three roommates stood at the bottom of the hill watching the flames. Palm trees caught fire as embers sprayed down into the neighborhood.

When a plume of thick black smoke rose in the air, Galloway said he knew the building was gone.

“I hope they catch the people that started the fire,” he said, standing in a blue sleeveless shirt and sandals. All he had time to grab was his cellphone.

The fire spread quickly from the hillside straight down to the property, the men said, leaving them with little time to collect their belongings.

Clusters of religious figurines remained untouched on the blackened property, and a white cross, surrounded by burned brush, remained intact.

The estate was purchased in 2006 to be used as a Catholic retreat called Mary Immaculate Concepcion Mission, said Ray Parayno, 64, who manages the property. The house was designed after the San Miguel Mission in San Luis Obispo, and is owned by his son, Jay.

Parayno said he called firefighters early Thursday. They arrived in about 15 minutes and told the residents to grab what they could and leave.

“I feel bad for all the tenants,” he said, adding that at least 11 people will be displaced.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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