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2 Homes Destroyed, Another Damaged in Whitter Brush Fire

An overhead satellite view of a map with green space labeled Sycamore Park to the south and a residential neighborhood, tan-colored, to the north.
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A brush fire has scorched a hillside, destroyed two homes and damaged another in Whittier near Sycamore Park.

Fire officials say four acres have burned so far and some 200 firefighters have been dispatched to help contain it.

Hot, dry weather isn’t helping the matter. The National Weather Service earlier issued a heat advisory for Los Angeles County and beyond, with temperatures reaching up to 90 degrees through Sunday. And a high wind warning was in effect for mountain regions.

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THE BASICS

  • Acreage: 7
  • Containment: 20%
  • Structures destroyed: 2
  • Structures threatened: 1
  • Resources deployed: 200

CLIMATE CHANGE

Fires are a critical part of the landscape in the Western U.S., but according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, “the area burned by wildfire from 1984 to 2015 was twice what would have burned had climate change not occurred.” Put simply, hotter, drier conditions present throughout more of the year have made fuels more susceptible to burning across the state.

HOW WE’RE REPORTING ON THIS

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