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The Sayre Fire: One Year Later, Moving Forward

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The Sayre Fire broke out late in the night on November 14th, 2008, and burned for several days in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and into Santa Clarita, ravaging across thousands of acres and destroying nearly 500 homes in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar alone. This community became emblematic of the Sayre Fire; officials like Mayor Villaraigosa and Governor Schwarzenegger addressed the scared residents while speaking to the media, authorities worked diligently to account for all the residents, and many wondered if poor water pressure could have contributed to the high number of homes lost.

This weekend the community gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the blaze and to reflect on that fateful day, reports abc7. It was a bittersweet anniversary; while hundreds of homes and countless belongings were consumed by flames, no lives were lost, which was reason to celebrate for many. Observed L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon: "On one hand, it's a celebration of their resilience and the recovery process, and on the other hand, it's also to recall the memories and make a commitment to move forward."

Many residents have moved back to the Oakridge community, and most "should be moved back into the neighborhood by the end of the year."