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Old 01-16-2014, 06:49 PM
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Not how I wanted to start my day....

Woke up at 5:45 to see a fire on the ridge behind me. Started out small until the wind kicked up and then $hit got real bad real fast!



The fire helicopters couldn't get in there until the sun came up so it eventually jumped the ridge. This is the exact point where things got bad



Helicopters finally made it in just as the sun came up and the heavy winds picked up...





Just as the FD showed up and told us to get the hell out the slope behind my house literally exploded. This was some intense $hit. Behind this smoke was literally a 50' wall of flame. There were 3" chunks of glowing red embers raining down everywhere...



Luckily our house made it out unscathed. The kids play structure / swing set and the patio furniture down there burned to a crisp. Unfortunately our neighbor lost their entire home...

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Old 01-16-2014, 06:54 PM
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Luckily we made it out just fine. Got the kids, dogs and cats loaded up and hit the road. When I left there was a LA County Fire Dept. truck in my driveway and six fire fighters in the back yard. Hopefully we'll be able to go home tonight. So far it's at 1700 acres. The hills around me haven't burned in over 50 years.

These three morose looking mother effers were picked up by the P.D. immediately after the fire started. They claimed that they were "camping" in the hills and that they lit a camp fire. Why anybody would light a fire during a red flag warning in some hills that haven't burned in 50 years is beyond me, but all you have to do is look at them to get the answer. Let's hope that these dip$hits never reproduce.

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Old 01-16-2014, 07:14 PM
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You and the crew are safe, all that counts right now.

Did the in laws protection system work?

On the bright side, you take some awesome pics Dan!
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:18 PM
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Sorry to hear dude. We went thru it last year too. Stay safe.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:32 PM
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You and the crew are safe, all that counts right now.

Did the in laws protection system work?

On the bright side, you take some awesome pics Dan!
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Yep, everybody is safe. We have the same insurance as our in-laws this year so we also had the private fire crew out. They have 6 guys up there right now knocking down hot spots and making sure that nothing flares up. They are supposed to stay until there is no longer any threat. They also have a tanker full of phos-chek on site so I think we'll be just fine.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:35 PM
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Good you made it through. Are you in a zone with restrictions on exterior construction materials?
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:43 PM
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Good you made it through. Are you in a zone with restrictions on exterior construction materials?
There are a lot of old homes up in these canyons that were built in the 70's and early 80's that have shake wood roofs and wood siding. Everything that is new and built in the last 15 years has to have tile roofs and plaster or stone construction on the exterior. The Los Angeles County Fire Department also strictly enforces the brush clearing and fuel modification ordinances. I think that this is what really saved a lot of the homes on my street. The neighbor's house that burned was an older home that was built in the late 50's to early 60's. Our home has a slate roof and is all precast stone and plaster on the exterior.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:35 PM
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You happen to be a very good photographer! !
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:12 PM
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glad you made it out safely!
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:17 PM
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That sucks. I would flip out if I ever saw a fire that big.
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