232. The Fire in the Hills (1)
The fire started Saturday afternoon. Fire officials didn’t
know how it started, but they suspected arson.
listen to weather reports. They get excited when
hear that the Los Angeles area is going
have Santa Ana winds, which can blow steadily
30 mph and gust to 60 mph.
flame retardant around the southern edge of the
to protect houses closest to the foothills. On
radio, a reporter said the fire had consumed
acres. Fire officials thought that the fire would
out within 24 hours, if the Santa Ana
didn’t start blowing.
At 10:30 Saturday evening, Adam
downtown to see if he could get a
view of the fire. He had never seen
small town so crowded on a Saturday night.
was watching the fire. He got a great
with his binoculars. Even though downtown was windless,
saw flames that looked like they must have
50 or 60 feet high. The winds had
up in the foothills. The red flames stood
clearly against the night sky. At 11 p.m.,
officials announced a mandatory evacuation of about 100
north of Carter Avenue.