Tuesday, September 01, 2009

L.A. Fires

By Pauly
Los Angeles, CA

I'm waiting for the Governator to come down from Sacramento and put the fires out with a huge stream of urine. He refers to them as "Zee Fy-ahs."

Thick plumes of smoke filled the air in and around LA. The raging inferno in Angeles National Forest doubled in size on Monday. It's creeping closer towards civilzation and two men already lost their lives fighting the fires. Friends in Las Vegas have seen the smoke trickle their way.

I'm nowhere near the area. As Nicky said, "It would have to burn through 20 miles of urban sprawl to get to us." We're no where near harm's way but you can't walk outside without some sort of reminder about the peril. People are getting evacuated as we speak.

Touching and spectacular photos here and here.

And check out the sensational time elapsed fire video.

At 9pm on Monday...
"Los Angeles County-area fires near Mount Wilson, La Canada Flintridge, Altadena, La Crescenta, Glendale, Pasadena, Acton, Agua Dulce...

A voracious five-day-old wildfire that has churned through more than 105,000 acres of mountainous brush across northern Los Angeles County showed little sign of slowing down this afternoon as it threatened 12,000 homes in suburban tracts and desert communities, along with a historic observatory and major array of television and radio transmission towers. With afternoon winds picking up, the Station fire, the largest of eight burning in the state, was plowing through dense hillside vegetation and steep terrain toward residential areas of Sunland and Santa Clarita on the west. To the east, firefighters were hoping that a concerted effort to cut fire breaks and lay down fire retardant would save the Mt. Wilson Observatory and a key complex of communications towers."

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