"LOS ANGELES – A wildfire in the mountains above Los Angeles has surged in every direction, going in a single day from a modest threat to a danger to some 10,000 homes. The blaze nearly tripled in size in triple-digit heat Saturday, leaving three people burned, destroying at least three homes and forcing the evacuation of 1,000 homes and an untold number of people.
A slight drop in temperatures and an influx of fire crews from around the state were expected to bring some relief Sunday.
Mandatory evacuations were in effect for neighborhoods in Altadena, Glendale, PASADENA, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon.
The flames crept down the slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains despite mild winds blowing predominantly in the other direction.
'Today what happened is what I call the perfect storm of fuels, weather, and topography coming together,' said Captain Mike Dietrich, the for the . 'Essentially the fire burned at will; it went where it wanted to when it wanted to.'
Dietrich said he had never seen a fire grow so quickly without powerful Santa Ana winds to push it.
At least three homes deep in the were destroyed, and firefighters were searching for others, Dietrich said. Evacuation centers were set up at two high schools and an elementary school in the area.
The fire is the largest and most dangerous of several burning around southern and central California and in Yosemite National Park."
I can't see the sky today. There's smoke everywhere. I'm shakin' in my boots a li'l...
Wanna see something amazing? Here is the contrast on my back between my burn and my normal flesh color.
It's getting better every day though. It's to the itchy scratchy stage now. Lesson learned: wear sunscreen.