For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?
Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. (Jeremiah 23:18-20)
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Wildfire Near Los Angeles Poses Danger to 10,000 Homes - Fox
SoCal wildfire surges in size, threatens thousands
Aug 30, 2009
By JOHN ANTCZAK and CHRISTOPHER WEBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire in the mountains above Los Angeles has surged in every direction, going in a single day from a modest threat to a danger to some 10,000 homes.
The blaze nearly tripled in size in triple-digit heat Saturday, leaving three people burned, destroying at least three homes and forcing the evacuation of 1,000 homes and an untold number of people.
A slight drop in temperatures and an influx of fire crews from around the state were expected to bring some relief Sunday.
Mandatory evacuations were in effect for neighborhoods in Altadena, Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon.
(AP) Smoke billows from a fire in the foothill above La Canada Filintridge, Calif., fills the San...Full ImageThe flames crept down the slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains despite mild winds blowing predominantly in the other direction.
"Today what happened is what I call the perfect storm of fuels, weather, and topography coming together," said Captain Mike Dietrich, the incident commander for the U.S. Forest Service. "Essentially the fire burned at will; it went where it wanted to when it wanted to."
Dietrich said he had never seen a fire grow so quickly without powerful Santa Ana winds to push it.
At least three homes deep in the Angeles National Forest were destroyed, and firefighters were searching for others, Dietrich said.
Evacuation centers were set up at two high schools and an elementary school in the area.
(AP) The Vista Grande Hot Shots run a fire hose to maintain a fire line with hand tools in order to slow...Full ImageThe fire was the largest and most dangerous of several burning around southern and central California and in Yosemite National Park.
The fire especially grew to the north and west, bringing new concerns for the areas near Acton and Santa Clarita.
More than 31 square miles of dry forest was scorched by the fire. It was only 5 percent contained.