NFPA Firewise advisor Faith Berry was in California over the weekend and reports on her up-close experience with the Powerhouse fire.
As I left Southern California for Trinity County in Northern California to teach a workshop about Firewise principles, I saw a large plume of smoke. As reported by the UPI.com, 3,600 acres have already burned in the Powerhouse Fire as of Saturday north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita area and in the Angeles National Forest. Two hundred and twenty five homes were evacuated and major power transmission lines were threatened. There has been one structure destroyed and at least one injury reported. Another California fire, the White Fire, burned 2,000 acres and is believed to have been started by a legal campfire in the Los Padres National Forest.
"The White Fire could have been avoided if this person or persons paid closer attention to their cooking fire," said Santa Barbara District Ranger Pancho Smith. In the Santa Fe, New Mexico area a fire has burned 2,500 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest. A total of 134 homes have been evacuated.
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