Red Cross, LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008  It spread rapidly, fanned by strong Santa Ana winds with near hurricane-force gusts estimated at between 50 mph (80 km/h) and 80 mph (130 km/h) the Sayre Fire was reported in the 13000 block of Sayre Street in Sylmar, just north of the Foothill Freeway (Route 210) near Veterans Memorial County Park. It spread rapidly, fanned by strong Santa Ana winds with near hurricane-force gusts estimated at between 50 mph (80 km/h) and 80 mph (130 km/h). LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008 LAFD, Los Angeles, Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sayre Fire, Sylmar, California 2008
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.
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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.

Additional coverage:
Map of burn areas
See David Johnston video of El Cariso Park during evacuation.
L.A. Times story
New York Times

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