Saturday, November 24, 2007

Eyewitness Malibu fire coverage

From "Here in Malibu" by Veronique de Turenne, part of L.A. Observed.

4:20 am:

Fretful winds all night, kicked up hard just before dawn. Woke to the scent of smoke....A few acres burning way at the top of the road....

The firefighters were ready for it, had been camped out in the hills ever since the first wind warnings on Wednesday. And now we wait.

But not for long. By 6:44, they were packed up to go:

Just as the car was packed and the dogs were loaded, the wind shifted, died down a bit.

By 7:34, a mandatory evacuation had been ordered.

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