Just Thursday, Southern California was acting out a major natural disaster simulation as it tested the state's preparedness for a devastating earthquake. Then Friday night, the fires started.As of Monday morning, the LA Times reported that 26,000 people had been ordered to evacuate their homes in Orange County. Even Snoop Dogg's fancy digs in Diamond Bar, Cal. had to be evacuated. 38 people had been injured, and 894 homes had been destroyed in the 35,662 acres consumed by the fire in just...Read Full Story
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images North America) A firefighter douses the smoldering remains of a structure that burned in the Merek fire on October 13, 2008 near the Los Angeles area community of San Fernando, California. The Merek fire is being fuel by erratic winds that have been gusting to 75-miles-per-hour along the fireline in the first Santa Ana Wind event of the season. Structures and vehicles are burning as flames hop-scotches along the interface of the wildlands of the Angeles...Read Full Story
San Diego County Fires - KPBS News Major wildfires are burning throughout San Diego County. We'll update this map as information comes in. Burn and evacuation areas are estimated.---Linked from http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&ie=UTF8&om=1&msa=0&msid=114250687465160386813.00043d08ac31fe3357571&ll=32.990236,-116.732483&spn=1.442114,1.697388&z=9Read Full Story
SignOnSanDiego reports that 4 firefighters have been injured in the major wildfire outside of San Diego, CA. One death has also been confirmed. Linked from http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20071021-1516-bn21newfire.html --- Four firefighters were injured when their engine was engulfed by flames from the Harris Fire, Cal Fire officials reported just before 2 p.m. The location and time of the incident was not immediately available. Officials said the victims were flown to the UCSD...Read Full Story
California fires are a major concern for homeowners and firefighters in California. Large California wildfires often do hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.