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Fire along Ventura Freeway

Fire along Ventura Freeway

Dec. 8, 1988: Early-morning brushfire along Ventura Freeway in Glendale is fanned by high winds.

Published in the Dec. 8, 1988 Los Angeles Times late edition, this image accompanied a story by staff writers Eric Malnic and Bob Baker:

Hellish firestorms, pushed by Santa Ana winds up to 100 mph that sent golf ball-size chunks of burning embers dancing from roof to roof, damaged or destroyed 70 houses in the San Gabriel Valley communities of Baldwin Park and La Verne early this morning and caused hundreds of residents to flee.

The fires destroyed 25 homes and damaged 45 others and caused the evacuation of 400 residents. It took the efforts of nearly 500 firefighters to bring the blazes under control.

Both fires were blamed on electrical wires knocked down by the winds, which blew in from California’s deserts.

The winds also fueled major fires in West Los Angeles and Glendale that knocked out electrical power to more than 328,000 people throughout Southern California and parts of Central California. …

Still burning early this afternoon was a 200-acre fire that began shortly before 2 a.m. between Glendale and Pasadena in the San Rafael Hills north of the Ventura Freeway and south of Glenoaks Boulevard.  …

This photo by staff photographer Gary Friedman was lead Page 1 art in the Dec. 8, 1988 Los Angeles Times late edition.

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