Wildfire caused thousands in California to evacuate
In the USA Today article, a wind-blasted wildfire broke out late Friday at Sylmar, California. The fire was driven by Santa Ana wind and spread across 2,600 acres. A mobile home park, which had about 600 residences, was evacuated almost entirely. About 10,000 people lived in Sylmar, Knollwood and Porter Ranch communities were evacuated. The fire also brought down some power lines and could cause rolling blackouts. The Olive View-UCLA Medical Center campus was threatened by the fire shortly after midnight, 28 people were transferred to other hospitals by ambulances. More than 600 firefighters fought the flame overnight and six airplanes and a dozen helicopters are expected to help fighting the fire during the day.
The New York Times article said that 2,235 firefighters worked to contain the Tea Fire that broke out Thursday night in Montecito. Then another fire erupted overnight Friday. More than 65 homes had been destroyed and 100 others had been damaged. Three evacuation shelters were opened. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles said this was the most serious wildfire struck the city in years. The Oakridge Mobile Home Park was almost total devastation, and the road signs were even melted down. About 1,500 homes remained threatened Saturday morning.