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Waterman Canyon homes destroyed in 1980 Panorama fire

Waterman Canyon homes destroyed in 1980 Panorama fire

Nov. 25, 1980: Aerial photo of homes burned in the Panorama fire in the Waterman Canyon area of San Bernardino.

This Page 1 photo by staff photographer Joe Kennedy appeared in the Nov. 26, 1980 Los Angeles Times.

The fire, known at the Panorama fire, burned 14,680 acres, destroyed 293 residences and claimed four lives.

The Panorama fire was one of seven major blazes that broke out on Nov. 24-25, 1980, around Southern California. Santa Ana winds up to 100 mph pushed flames across 140 square miles, causing more than $50 million in damage.

For more, check out this previous From the Archive post Living through 1980 Panorama fire.

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