Fires Across Region Begin to Subside as Weather Calms
A water-dropping helicopter soars over the setting sun as smoke from a wildfire creates an orange glow in the sky in Diamond Bar (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Red Flag was called off last night as "fire perfect" weather began to lessen, making it harder for blazes to spread with ease. The conflagrations still burn, however, daily life in the region is getting back to normal this morning. TV News is no longer wall-to-wall breaking news, Metrolink trains are back in operation and freeway closures are few and far between.
The Sayre Fire, which began in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, headed northward yesterday into the Santa Clarita Valley where it currently burns in the Placerita Canyon area. As of this morning, it is 40% contained after burning 10,077 acres and destroying 600 buildings, many of them homes.
The Triangle Complex Fire (formally Freeway Complex Fire) that has touched within four counties (San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, LA) is also 40% contained. It has burned around 29,000 acres and has destroyed or damaged 120 homes.
The Tea Fire in Montecito outside of Santa Barbara was 80% contained as of last night. It has burned 1,940 acres burned and destroyed 210 homes, most of which within the city limits of Santa Barbara.