• Short Summary

    ELEVEN FIRE-FIGHTERS DIED IN FIERCE AND EXTENSIVE BRUSH FIRES IN THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    ELEVEN FIRE-FIGHTERS DIED IN FIERCE AND EXTENSIVE BRUSH FIRES IN THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YESTERDAY (TUESDAY).

    THE FIRE THREATENED TWO HOSPITALS. AIRCRAFT DROPPED FIRE-RETARDING CHEMICALS ON THE BLAZING BRUSH WHILE 650 FIREMEN BATTLED ON THE GROUND TO STEM THE ADVANCE OF THE FLAMES.

    EIGHT-HUNDRED PATIENTS WERE EVACUATED. AS WELL AS THREATENING THE HOSPITAL, THE BLAZE APPROACHED A NIKE MISSILE BASE. ACTIVE MISSILES AND WARHEADS WERE MOVED TO UNDERGROUND BUNKERS AS A PRECAUTION WHILE US FOREST SERVICE FIRE FIGHTERS RINGED THE AREA.

    THE FIRE WAS DRIVEN BY WINDS OF 60 MILES AN HOUR (100 KPH) AND QUICKLY BLACKED OVER 200 ACRES (OVER 850 HECTARES). IT WAS ONE SUDDEN GUST OF WIND, CAUSING A SHEET OF FLAMES TO RISE, THAT COST THE LIVES OF THE ELEVEN MEN.

    THEY WERE AMONG 26 FIRE-RANGERS ENGULFED IN THE HEAT BY THE OTHERS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE. NINE OF THEM WERE SERIOUSLY BURNED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4H2SSVEDYKNEMZXR0ZKJYGAZ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4H2SSVEDYKNEMZXR0ZKJYGAZ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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