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Deberg_1990
11-15-2008, 03:10 PM
Come in DaneMcCloud.......


http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081115/us_nm/us_wildfire_california


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) A wildfire whipped up by hurricane-force gusts raged through northwestern Los Angeles foothills on Saturday, burning some 165 homes and threatening the power supply of California's largest city.

More than 10,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders as the fire, which has burned more than 2,600 acres, spread westward fanned by dry winds.

A separate fire burned a second day in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, where 111 homes have been destroyed.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the fire in the foothills at the edge of San Fernando Valley near Sylmar had destroyed more than any other in the past decade and that flames could take down power lines.

"The fire is threatening the power of the city of Los Angeles," Villaraigosa told a news conference. "We may have to move to rolling blackouts."

He urged residents to evacuate if they were in harm's way.

"If you wait until the fire gets there you have waited too long," Villaraigosa said. "This fire can be on you in a moment's notice."

He also asked Los Angeles residents to conserve power.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County, opening the way to additional resources.

Police closed down Interstate 5, the main freeway linking Los Angeles to the north, and other roads as 600 firefighters mobilized. Transmission lines bringing power follow the Interstate highway 5 corridor through the mountains north of Los Angeles, home to nearly 10 million.

Mountains were engulfed in flames and billows of smoke visible from space by weather satellite. Steady gale-force winds, blowing at 35 mph, periodically gusted up to 75 mph and spread the fire. A map of the fire is at http://tinyurl.com/sayrefire.

Residents of a destroyed mobile home park sat in the gymnasium of the Sylmar High School, where the American Red Cross had set up relief services.

"You could see absolutely nothing," said Jackie Burns, 77, who, along with her husband, Len, fled their mobile home at 3 a.m. as the fire raged through the neighborhood. "It was like looking into a black hole. It looked like the end of the world to me."

DRY CONDITIONS 'PERFECT FOR MORE'

California's fire season, which traditionally starts in June, has been lengthening and getting worse as the dry state adds homes in fringe areas prone to flames.

Los Angeles has been largely spared damage this year. In October of last year 30 blazes raged across Southern California, forcing evacuation of more than 500,000 people and damaging some 2,000 homes.

Firefighters are trying to stop the new blaze before it reaches Santa Clarita, a bedroom community about 40 miles from the center of Los Angeles with 180,000 population.

A second fire ravaged hills above Southern California's Santa Barbara coast for a second day after roaring through the exclusive Montecito enclave leveling 111 homes.

Those reported to have lost houses in the community dubbed "America's Riviera" included actor Christopher Lloyd, best known as the zany scientist in "Back to the Future".

The area remains on "red flag" warning for more fires, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"It's the dry conditions that make it perfect for more fires," he said.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman and Fred Prouser in Los Angeles, Anupreeta Das and Peter Henderson in San Francisco; Editing by Bill Trott and Jackie Frank)

L.A. Chieffan
11-15-2008, 03:13 PM
I just spent about 4 hours on alternate routes that normally wouldve taken me about 30 minutes. Fuck you Carl

vailpass
11-15-2008, 03:19 PM
Burn baby burn, disco inferno.

Bugeater
11-15-2008, 03:44 PM
Yikes, I believe TinyE is in that area as well. Hope everyone is OK.

DaneMcCloud
11-15-2008, 03:45 PM
Thanks, DeBerg.

I was out in Calabasas this morning and just got home. It's a mess out there. It's extremely windy and the smoke is very thick.

Fortunately were I live, it's clear and there are no fires. But those poor people up north of Los Angeles are having a very rough time.

VonneMarie
11-15-2008, 03:47 PM
Burn baby burn, disco inferno.

Stay classy.

StcChief
11-15-2008, 04:09 PM
but it's beautiful there :rolleyes:

kaplin42
11-15-2008, 04:54 PM
The Santa Barbar (Medencito) are about 90 minutes from where I live, but the Sylmar fire is only about 10 miles away. The air around here is full of smoke and ash.

I'm waiting to see if a budy of mine who lives in Sylmar is going to need help evacing. If he does, then im sure it's going to be an interesting night.

Guru
11-15-2008, 05:31 PM
Thanks, DeBerg.

I was out in Calabasas this morning and just got home. It's a mess out there. It's extremely windy and the smoke is very thick.

Fortunately were I live, it's clear and there are no fires. But those poor people up north of Los Angeles are having a very rough time.Glad to know you are in the clear for now. Where is Tiny with all that mess?

Deberg_1990
11-15-2008, 05:33 PM
Glad to know you are in the clear for now. Where is Tiny with all that mess?


Ill second that. Glad you are ok Dane. Hopefully TE is ok as well.

Bowser
11-15-2008, 06:12 PM
The Santa Barbar (Medencito) are about 90 minutes from where I live, but the Sylmar fire is only about 10 miles away. The air around here is full of smoke and ash.

I'm waiting to see if a budy of mine who lives in Sylmar is going to need help evacing. If he does, then im sure it's going to be an interesting night.

Good luck, dude. You and your friend.

'Hamas' Jenkins
11-15-2008, 07:13 PM
Burn baby burn, disco inferno.

Why can't people like this be killed by drunk drivers?

TinyEvel
11-15-2008, 07:22 PM
Yo peeps.

I was in Laurel Canyon near Mulholland, but we moved to the Santa Monica area in February. So, we're completely out of fire range. Thanks for your thoughts. That Montecito fire was weird, we turned on the news and they had helicopter footage of all these spread-out square fires which were homes. Usually, there's a big long line of fire sweeping through, this was just the resulting homes on fire. I guess the fire blew through there at 80 miles per hours and just ignited al these homes and they were burning all separately.

Really looked grim. Montecito is the highest property value in CA. Highest per capita income in the state. Its a relatively small neighborhood North of Santa Barbara, on the coast. many very expensive estates, very exclusive. I travelled up there once to record Dennis Miller for a DIRECTV ad. The place is kind-of a haven.

PhillyChiefFan
11-15-2008, 07:28 PM
The Santa Barbar (Medencito) are about 90 minutes from where I live, but the Sylmar fire is only about 10 miles away. The air around here is full of smoke and ash.

I'm waiting to see if a budy of mine who lives in Sylmar is going to need help evacing. If he does, then im sure it's going to be an interesting night.

Stay safe.

Fruit Ninja
11-15-2008, 07:47 PM
I have family down there, but they are all in the hood, so i am sure they are fine. hah

Deberg_1990
11-15-2008, 07:50 PM
Yo peeps.

I was in Laurel Canyon near Mulholland, but we moved to the Santa Monica area in February. So, we're completely out of fire range. Thanks for your thoughts. That Montecito fire was weird, we turned on the news and they had helicopter footage of all these spread-out square fires which were homes. Usually, there's a big long line of fire sweeping through, this was just the resulting homes on fire. I guess the fire blew through there at 80 miles per hours and just ignited al these homes and they were burning all separately.

Really looked grim. Montecito is the highest property value in CA. Highest per capita income in the state. Its a relatively small neighborhood North of Santa Barbara, on the coast. many very expensive estates, very exclusive. I travelled up there once to record Dennis Miller for a DIRECTV ad. The place is kind-of a haven.

Good deal. Thanks for the update TE.

TinyEvel
11-15-2008, 08:01 PM
Dang! I just went outside to take out the trash and it smells like a campground out there, and I'm like 40 miles from it all.

Fruit Ninja
11-15-2008, 08:08 PM
Dang! I just went outside to take out the trash and it smells like a campground out there, and I'm like 40 miles from it all.

what area you at? My family is all in the Carson, Wilminton, Long Beach, Torrance, pedro area.

TinyEvel
11-15-2008, 08:11 PM
what area you at? My family is all in the Carson, Wilminton, Long Beach, Torrance, pedro area.

I'm near the Santa Monica Airport. By the 10 and 405 fwy.

Buehler445
11-15-2008, 08:13 PM
Hey guys, glad you are all OK. Stay that way...

'Hamas' Jenkins
11-15-2008, 09:02 PM
Any idea how Redondo Beach is? I have a friend who lives there?

Tits McGee
11-15-2008, 09:37 PM
Any idea how Redondo Beach is? I have a friend who lives there?

Rendondo is fine. Beach communities are pretty safe,

DaneMcCloud
11-15-2008, 09:59 PM
Thanks again, everyone.

I took my Labs out for a 1.5 mile walk today and the air was brutal. In 15+ years in Los Angeles, I've never seen the sky so "orange" from the sun reflecting off of the smoke covering the city. The sun itself (from my vantage point) was a very dark tomato red. Definitely trippy. The fire smelled like it was just around the block. Very heavy.

I think we're safe down here (the fires are at least 25 miles north of where I live and probably like 40 miles north of TinyE), but I greatly appreciate the concern.

Fish
11-15-2008, 10:04 PM
I'd rather have my tornadoes.....

Stay safe Kaliforniates!

88TG88
11-15-2008, 10:30 PM
I have family down there, but they are all in the hood, so i am sure they are fine. hah

Yes, the hood is fire free today.

oaklandhater
11-15-2008, 11:17 PM
Burn baby burn, disco inferno.

It really is true there is at least one cali insult on this board a day.

chasedude
11-16-2008, 01:46 AM
Homes can always be replaced you can't. With the 60mph winds I've been hearing if they say Git' the Fuck out. RUN! Be safe guys

Wilson
11-16-2008, 03:14 AM
Yo peeps.

I was in Laurel Canyon near Mulholland, but we moved to the Santa Monica area in February. So, we're completely out of fire range. Thanks for your thoughts. That Montecito fire was weird, we turned on the news and they had helicopter footage of all these spread-out square fires which were homes. Usually, there's a big long line of fire sweeping through, this was just the resulting homes on fire. I guess the fire blew through there at 80 miles per hours and just ignited al these homes and they were burning all separately.

Really looked grim. Montecito is the highest property value in CA. Highest per capita income in the state. Its a relatively small neighborhood North of Santa Barbara, on the coast. many very expensive estates, very exclusive. I travelled up there once to record Dennis Miller for a DIRECTV ad. The place is kind-of a haven.

Imagine that, Dane and Tiny Evil managing to make a thread on "are you OK?" into a show of "look how rich we are!".

Shocking!

'Hamas' Jenkins
11-16-2008, 04:38 AM
From Los Angeles, the flash apparently official, Dane McCloud died at 1:00 am Central Standard Time, 2:00 eastern standard time, some 4 hours and 38 minutes ago.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39511000/jpg/_39511614_kennedy.jpg

Adept Havelock
11-16-2008, 09:19 AM
Stay safe DM and TE.

Saggysack
11-16-2008, 10:14 AM
It really is true there is at least one cali insult on this board a day.



And there is 10 for Kansas, Misery, Iowa and Nebraska each day. So don't think you are fucking special.

TinyEvel
11-16-2008, 10:21 AM
Imagine that, Dane and Tiny Evil managing to make a thread on "are you OK?" into a show of "look how rich we are!".

Shocking!

I was thinking more like "look how the rich the people in Montecito are."

In fact, I was just discussing this with Piven the other day on the golf course. :p

oaklandhater
11-16-2008, 11:23 AM
And there is 10 for Kansas, Misery, Iowa and Nebraska each day. So don't think you are ****ing special.

lol the hate for the westcoast on this board excels that of any other part of this country.

Frazod
11-16-2008, 11:25 AM
It really is true there is at least one cali insult on this board a day.

To be fair, the source of that one comment is a troll who also happens to be the vilest scumbag to ever post on this board.

oaklandhater
11-16-2008, 11:32 AM
To be fair, the source of that one comment is a troll who also happens to be the vilest scumbag to ever post on this board.

Dont hold back say how you really feel about him. :)

Rausch
11-16-2008, 02:11 PM
I was thinking more like "look how the rich the people in Montecito are."

In fact, I was just discussing this with Piven the other day on the golf course. :p

If I thought for a minute you knew "The Piven" and didn't share that I'd have to stalk and kill ewe...

googlegoogle
11-16-2008, 04:05 PM
karma for Oprah.

that's what you get for leaving chicago and supporting Obama.

Rausch
11-16-2008, 04:11 PM
I travelled up there once to record Dennis Miller for a DIRECTV ad.

Does he ever S.T.F.U.?

Just wondering. Seems like the kind of guy I'd find funny on TV but want to brain with anything heavy and available in person...

stlchiefs
11-16-2008, 05:39 PM
I was thinking more like "look how the rich the people in Montecito are."

In fact, I was just discussing this with Piven the other day on the golf course. :p

Heart attack free I hope?

Saggysack
11-16-2008, 11:39 PM
lol the hate for the westcoast on this board excels that of any other part of this country.

Not really at all. Much nastier things have been said about Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska in the BB on a daily basis.

Since I'm pretty sure the guy that disparaged California in this thread is in the west of the country(Arizona) I'm not quite sure why you would put that on us that live in the middle of the country.

Was it okay for Dane to assume I lived in South Dakota and stated I should go milk my cows because we disagreed a few weeks ago? Mind you I never brought anything up about California. It was him that pulled the state BS. You guys give it just as good as you get it.