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Winds drive Southland wildfires

SOUTHLAND BLAZES: WIDESPREAD THREATS-

At least 39 homes lost, 1 killed as region remains at risk from Santa Anas

October 22, 2007|Bettina Boxall, Scott Glover and Mitchell Landsberg | Times Staff Writers

"It was so hot, it was just so intense, you can't get near it. It's going to mean a temporary adjustment, but it's all just material. Everybody got out," he said, referring to his tenants who lived in the rental property. "You think of a campfire being like a fire, but it's not like that. . . it's so much more intense, you can't get near it."

Among the other structures gutted was a home along Malibu Road. Its owner, Barbara T. Lindemann, said the house, built in 1927, was once inhabited by workers who built the railroad down the California coast. She said she has owned the home for 45 years.

Andy Lyon, a Realtor who helps rent the home for Lindemann, said it was worth $12 million to $13 million, and had burned once before, when singer John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas lived there.

"I believe that it was the last standing one of the original Malibu cottages," said Lindemann, an attorney and expert in employment discrimination law. "It's a piece of Malibu history."

In Ventura County, the Night Sky fire, which started in the Lexington Community south of Moorpark, threatened some 250 homes and other buildings.

In San Bernardino County, the largest of three brush fires was about 300 acres near the Sierra Lakes subdivision in Fontana.

"That's our wind tunnel for the Santa Anas," said Tracey Martinez of the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Residents of about 500 homes were evacuated and one vacant structure burned, but authorities were hopeful they could head off any other damage.

bettina.boxall@latimes.com

scott.glover@latimes.com

mitchell.landsberg @latimes.com

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Contributing to the fire

coverage were Times staff

writers Mike Anton, Julie Cart, Rich Connell, Christopher Goffard, Duke Helfand, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Steve Hymon, Rong-Gong Lin II, Richard Marosi, Tony Perry, Stuart Pfeifer, Catherine Saillant, Stuart Silverstein and John Spano.

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