July 4, 1989 |
A swirling brush fire, fed by erratic winds, raged out of control in the Puente Hills north of Whittier on Monday, destroying at least 15 homes, damaging several others and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Los Angeles County fire officials said they would not know exactly how many structures had been destroyed or damaged until the blaze is brought under control and they could provide no estimate of when that might be. No serious injuries were reported.
July 5, 1989 |
On Tuesday, the folks who had waited out the Battle of Turnbull Canyon crept back up the steep roads toward home--what they hoped was still home--to count their losses or their blessings. Flame and smoke had made them refugees from their own houses on Monday. In the uncertainty of the night, they could only imagine what was happening up on that ridge, along that rustic Hacienda Heights canyon where they lived.
July 6, 1989 |
Walt Scheuerell was down on his hands and knees in the ditch beside Turnbull Canyon Road, pawing through the loose dirt. It was hot and it was dusty, and the sweat was trickling down his face. "We still haven't found anything," the burly, 49-year-old arson investigator said. "We'll keep looking."
July 4, 1989 |
Three weeks ago, Charlene Lewis gave birth to an 8-pound, 12-ounce boy named Jordan. On Monday afternoon, she went horseback riding. Bareback. She had not planned it that way. But when Lewis heard that flames were threatening her new home off Turnbull Canyon in Hacienda Heights, her first thought was of her chestnut mare, Roosandra. Lewis is 21 and Roosandra 20. "We grew up together," Lewis said.
October 31, 1993 |
We flee to the suburbs for safety--and a firestorm engulfs us. We flee to the suburbs because we believe the human factor in the city has reached a critical mass of deficiency. In the city, there are too many criminals, too many sociopaths, too many homeless and marginalized. And then a transient--another way of saying marginalized--lights a fire in the suburb of Altadena, and 115 homes fall victim to the firestorm in the San Gabriel foothills. We know Los Angeles is combustible.
July 17, 1986
Arson was believed to be the cause of four small brush fires that started within one mile of each other in the Hacienda Heights area. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Norbert Kochner said a county fire helicopter sighted flares that had apparently been tossed into the dried brush near Colima Road and Hacienda Boulevard. Other fires in the area were located at Colima and Casino Drive, Turnbull Canyon Road and Skyline Drive and Turnbull Canyon and Oak Canyon roads.