UPDATE: 4:39 p.m. Thursday, November 20
At 10:30 p.m. Friday night, a large fire broke out in Sylmar, near Veteran's Park, just north of the 210 and I-5 freeways. This fire has been named the Sayre Fire.
The unifed command of the LA County Fire Department, US Forest Service and LA City Fire Department have announced that the Sayre Fire is now 98 percent contained.
Fire activity is minimal south of Placerita
Canyon. Fire behavior was limited
to a creeping, smoldering ground fire.
Firefighters are continuing to hold and improve constructed
firelines south of Placerita Canyon.
Firefighters are patrolling and putting out any hot spots 300 feet inside of
the fire lines. South of Placerita Canyon, the terrain is very steep and
Current winds 6 mph NW, humidity 15 percent
11,262 acres (17 square miles) burned
Cause is under investigation
Injuries: four minor injuries
Structures destroyed: 487 residences, 1 commercial building
Outbuildings destroyed: 124
Hand crews: 25
Fire engines: 50
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel assigned: 821
Cost to date: $12,290,119
KHTS urges all residents to take a moment to review some important fire preparedness tips by clicking here.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today proclaimed a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as a result of the Sayre Fire.
- Sayre Fire Evacuation Hotline: (800) 439-2909
- Olive View Medical Center Patient Evactuation Hotline: (323) 869-2326
- Human Services, Shelter and Special Needs Assistance, L.A. County: 2-1-1 or (800) 339-6993
- American Red Cross, Los Angeles Chapter: (888) 737-4306
- City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services: (888) 452-7381
- For information on air quality, visit AQMD website http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2008/SylmarWildfire.htm
Photo by: Mike Whiteman