LA Brush Fire Destroys Several Homes

October 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
In southern California, the Santa Ana winds are fanning a brushfire that has destroyed several homes and forced a freeway to shut down.The fire has burned more than 3,500 acres about 20 miles north of Los Angeles and has now jumped a fire line.

Several homes and other industrial buildings have already been destroyed. The fire began Sunday morning, near a shooting range in little Tujunga Canyon.

About 1,200 people have been evacuated including several patients from a hospital near the flames. The CHP shut down the 210 Freeway between the 118 and Interstate Five as a precaution.

Fhe cause of this fire is still under investigation, but Monday morning, fire officials said the combination of Santa Ana winds and the closeness of the homes are making for a terrible combination.

"It's so much more populated in southern California the housing density is greater. There's a lot more homes in a tighter space than in central California," said Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Mark Watkins.

The governor has sent trailers and cots to help evacuees. Containment has been scaled back from 20 percent to just five percent.


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