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UPDATED: Sayre Fire 64 percent contained

On the edge of but no immediate threat to SCV

Posted: November 17, 2008 12:26 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2008 8:50 p.m.

UPDATED 8:50 Monday:

Sayre Fire by the numbers:

* 64% contained
* 11,207 acres burned
* 1,301 firefighters assigned to fire
* 500 mobile homes destroyed, nine single-family dwellings destroyed, 15 damaged
* 10 commercial buildings destroyed
* 104 outbuildings at Oliveview Hospital destroyed, including the child care center

Air quality:
The Air Quality Management District urges people to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke.

This includes portions of the Santa Clarita Valley, where the AQMD forecasts air unhealthy to sensitive groups Tuesday, and other areas of Southern California where residents can see or smell smoke.

For more information about air quality, visit the AQMD Web site.

-- Stephen K. Peeples, Signal Online Editor


As of 12:38 p.m. Monday:
While firefighters battle to contain at least half of the weekend's Sayre Fire in Sylmar, a variety of services are available to help fire victims today.

As of noon Monday, the fire was 40 per cent contained, said Inspector Frank Garrido of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

No one has died in the Sayre Fire, which broke out Friday night, he said.

Five firefighters suffered minor injuries and one civilian was treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire has burned more than 10,000 acres, destroyed 500 mobile homes, 10 commercial businesses, nine single family homes and damaged 15 other homes and more than 100 outbuildings such as sheds.

Today, Mental Health crisis counseling teams have been deployed to three Sylmar Sayre Fire evacuation centers set up by the American Red Cross.

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has sent professionals from its Division Two area, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley.

Fire victims are being urged to go to any of the evacuation centers at:

  • Sylmar High School on Borden Street.
  • San Fernando Senior High School on O'Melveny Avenue.
  • John F. Kennedy High School on Gothic Avenue in Granada Hills.

Firefighters successfully knocked down another weekend fire.

The Rancho Palos Verdes Fire - about five acres at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive and Hawthorne Boulevard - has been contained, according to county officials.

As well, the Freeway Complex Fire which broke out Saturday continues to burn and is about 40 percent contained.


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