#SandFire, Los Angeles

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The ongoing L.A. fire (or Sand Fire, given its starting location on Sand Canyon Rd., one hour north of downtown), has scorched over 33,000 acres of mostly foothill. And three days later, it keeps raging. Several homes have been destroyed, and thousands of people are under mandatory evacuation orders. As of now, there is one fatality.

Wildfires aren’t a unique feature on the Southern California landscape, given our high temperatures, low humidity, and wild winds. Still, this fire is about as massive and scary as I remember. 

While not close enough to be dangerous to us, there is smoke and ash everywhere. It’s been a somber time around here, watching the erratic flames destroy farms, houses, come close to a wildlife refuge.

It’s also been reassuring watching communities come together, people taking in friends and strangers. When the call went out, Southern Californians lined up with their trailers to help evacuate exotic animals from the Waystation center — chimps, tigers and other such animals. People continue to do the best they can under the circumstances, and leave the rest to the firefighters, who’ve been at it for days with hardly a break.

Watching the fire from afar leaves one mostly speechless. Here are two photos from our front yard, a friend’s balcony — and above, from the local media.

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Image credit: abc7.com

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20 responses to “#SandFire, Los Angeles

  1. These fires are so scary. I didn’t know why it was called the Sand Fire, so thanks for that. I’m glad you’re out of the danger zone, but so awful for everyone.

  2. That does look scary. I hope they can get it under control soon! Thanks for sharing the story and photos.

  3. It’s scary when it’s that close to you. and the air quality! I hope you’re staying indoors.

  4. Hi Silvia – that looks scary – and everytime I see a fire out of control I worry .. and certainly feel for you all – it must be terrifying …. I just hope there’s some relief … take care and all the best – Hilary

  5. All good thoughts and prayers for those in this fiery situation for their safety Silvia. Seeing photos like these makes it up close and personal. We’ve seen it on TV but your post makes it almost first hand.

  6. Thanks for reporting on this, Silvia. I have been wondering about it. Last night a news report said the fire had already burned 50 square miles. That’s huge. I remember those days living in SoCal, when the sky was brown/gray with smoke and it rained ash — from those fires up in the hills all the way down to Hermosa Beach. Fires this time of year in SoCal are a natural phenomenon; the unnatural part is all the people living in those areas due to the continuously rising dense population there. The people (and the animals) have to live somewhere and sadly, now, often in the paths of fires and landslides. Be safe. Those fires seen from a distance are at once awesome and eerie, and up close are downright terrifying: they move fast. It’s early in the season; let’s hope by some miracle there are no more.

    • Samantha, you describe our fires here so well. The population issue is a problem, same with the drought. Then throw in wild winds and hot temps, and it’s beyond crazy. Appreciate your kind words. They fell like hugs.

      • Thanks, Silvia. And, well, if I could fit in my daughter’s suitcase, I would give you a hug in person. She grew up in Redondo and she and my two granddaughters are out there now visiting, staying with her dad in Playa del Rey.

  7. Wow! I didn’t even realize this was happening. Will definitely be praying for the firefighters. This type of thing can be so dangerous for them.

  8. Scary and spectacular. Stay safe, dear Silvia

  9. Hope the fire is almost out and the sky is clearer and the air quality better by now, Silvia . . .

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