Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sierra Madre Blaze Evacuates 1,000

About 1,000 people were evacuated from about 400 homes in Sierra Madre as a wildfire continued to burn out of control this morning.

The fire, which began Saturday at about 3 p.m., consumed about 400 acres of steep mountainous terrain north of the city, including some areas that have not burned in more than 40 years, Sierra Madre Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Bamberger said this morning. "This is not a lazy fire," he said. "This fire is burning with some energy."

Bamberger said he was waiting for the possibility of more evacuations, although he added, "It looks like we're making good progress tying off the southern end of the fire," near the city's northern boundary, which is where more homes are located. No homes had been burned, he said. - Los Angeles Times
This is pretty serious news, yet it isn't even frontpage in the Globe.

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