Wild­fire claims Bel-Air homes

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION | NATIONAL REPORT -

LOS AN­GE­LES >> A wild­fire erupted in Los An­ge­les’ ex­clu­sive Bel-Air sec­tion Wed­nes­day as yet an­other part of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia found it­self un­der siege from an out­break of wind-whipped blazes that have con­sumed mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar houses and tract homes alike.

Hun­dreds of homes across the L.A. metropoli­tan area and beyond were feared de­stroyed since Mon­day, but fire­fight­ers were only slowly man­ag­ing to make their way into some of the hard-hit ar­eas for an ac­cu­rate count.

As many as five fires have closed high­ways, schools and mu­se­ums, shut down pro­duc­tion of TV se­ries and cast a haz­ardous haze over the re­gion. About 200,000 peo­ple were un­der evac­u­a­tion or­ders. No deaths and only a few in­juries were re­ported.

From the beach­side city of Ventura, where rows of homes were lev­eled, to the rugged foothills north of Los An­ge­les, where sta­ble own­ers had to evac­u­ate horses in trail­ers, to Bel-Air, where the rich and fa­mous have sweep­ing views of L.A. be­low, fierce Santa Ana winds sweep­ing in from the desert fanned the flames and fears.

“God will­ing, this will slow down so the fire­fight­ers can do their job,” said Mau­rice Kaboud, who ig­nored an evac­u­a­tion or­der and stood in his backyard with a gar­den hose at the ready.


A fire de­part­ment he­li­copter made a water drop as flames swept up a canyon wall to­ward homes as a wild­fire swept through L.A.’s ex­clu­sive Bel-Air district Wed­nes­day.

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