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About 500 of the homes in the Oakridge mobile home park, which had 600 residences, lie in ruins after burning in the Sayre Fire on November 15, 2008 in Sylmar, California. David McNew/Getty Images
The Sayre fire destroyed more than 600 structures in Los Angeles, which is the worst figure related to fire-related-property loss in the city’s history. As a whole, the 2008 California wildfire season was one of the most devastating in modern history, with the total number of acres burned exceeded that of previous year. Southern California’s extended drought, high temperatures and strong Santa Ana winds are contributing factors to the extreme fire conditions.
Map of burn areas
See David Johnston video of El Cariso Park during evacuation.
L.A. Times story
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High winds and hot embers create what fire officials call, “the perfect storm” in the Sayre Fire, so they urge families to evacuate ahead of the flames moving fast across the north San Fernando Valley. Instead of packing up his car, one Sylmar man decides to stay put to protect his property.