Early on Thursday firefighters were finally in control of a shrub fire that was raging north of Los Angeles. As many as 350 acres of land was affected and about a thousand people had to relocate for safety reasons. People from 500 houses and a mobile home park had to be moved in Santa Clarita's Newhall area.
The blaze started on Wednesday on Interstate 5, which caused the lanes to be closed. It took firefighters several hours to put the fire under control.
In a related story, aircrafts have been deployed to disperse retardants over a big forest blaze raging in the San Bernardino Mountains. The blaze has been destroying the area for a week now. Close to a thousand campers had to relocate over the weekend because of the fire. A total of 30 square miles of old-growth timber was burned in the fire located 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
It is a miracle that no reports of casualties emerged until now, given the fire is spreading quickly and if not put under control, will reach houses. Even though residents have been evacuated the issue of damage to the home still remains. The same goes for wildlife which was seriously affected in both fires.
Photo attribution: Photograph used by permission of the USDA Forest Service