• Short Summary

    FIRE ENGULFED 950 ACRES OF BRUSHWOOD IN SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA, USA, OCT 31. THE FIRE?

  • Description

    FIRE ENGULFED 950 ACRES OF BRUSHWOOD IN SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA, USA, OCT 31. THE FIRE HAD STARTED THE PREVIOUS DAY, AND FIREMEN HAD BATTLED THROUGH THE NIGHT TO BRING IT UNDER CONTROL. BUT BY MORNING FURTHER REINFORCEMENTS HAD TO BE BROUGHT IN AND A TOTAL OF 800 MEN, 150 GROUND TANKERS, 10 BULLDOZERS, 5 HELICOPTERS AND 12 AIR TANKERS BATTLED AGAINST THE FLAMES FROM THE AIR AND THE GROUND.

    ABOUT 700 HOMES ON THE AREA HAD BEEN EVACUATED WHEN THE FIRE WAS AT ITS HEIGHT, BUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS ALLOWED MOST OF THE RESIDENTS TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES DURING THE NIGHT, WHEN IT APPEARED THAT THE FIRE WOULD BE CONTAINED. SO FAR, NO HOMES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED.

    WHILE BULLDOZERS MADE FIRE-BREAKS THROUGH THE BRUSH, AIR TANKERS SWOOPED SPECTACULARLY OVERHEAD, DUMPING MORE THAN 50,000 GALLONS OF BORATE ON TO THE INFERNO BELOW.

    INVESTIGATORS BLAME IT ALL ON A CARELESS SMOKER. POTENTIAL DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 2-MILLION DOLLARS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2D3VD4XIVH6E6QWDPOBTNV4IF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2D3VD4XIVH6E6QWDPOBTNV4IF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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