$150 Million Damage from Triangle Fire; Assistance Center Opens in Sylmar

Preliminary estimates of property losses resulting from the Triangle Fire stood at between $125 million and $135 million in Yorba Linda, $17.4 million in Anaheim and $3.5 million in Brea.

The wildfire, which scorched 30,305 acres in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, was 100 percent contained as of noon Wednesday, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The Triangle Fire -- also known as the Freeway Complex Fire -- started near Corona in Riverside County about 9 a.m. Saturday, and strong winds quickly fanned the flames into Orange County, then into parts of San Bernardino and Los Angeles.

The lion's share of the damage was in Orange County, where the fire that broke out in Corona later merged with on that began near Brea. (Full Report: OC Register)

Sylmar Fire Now a "Creeping, Smoldering Ground Fire"

Fire officials are asking for the public's help in determining the cause of the Sayre Fire that blackened 11,262 acres, including a mobile home park in Sylmar.

Investigators have spoken to witnesses about the brush fire, which began Friday about 10:30 p.m, but they're still seeking additional information to assist in the ongoing investigation into what sparked the blaze, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire, which was 95 percent contained by Wednesday night, is believed to have started in the foothills near the northeast corner of Veterans Memorial Park in the 13000 block of Sayre Street in Sylmar, Humphrey said.
"We hope someone who saw or heard something will call with information to assist in determining the cause of this devastating fire," said Jody Noiron, supervisor of the Angeles National Forest.
Noiron asked anyone with information to call the Los Angeles Fire Department's tip line at 213-485-6095.

About 820 firefighters remain assigned to the blaze. Fire activity was listed as minimal south of Placerita Canyon and was mostly limited to a creeping, smoldering ground fire, according to CALFire.

The fire destroyed more than 600 structures, including some 480 modular homes at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park, along with nine single-family homes, 104 outbuildings and 10 commercial buildings, according to county fire officials.

On Tuesday, residents of the mobile home park were allowed to return to the site, where only 125 homes were left standing.
An assistance center opens Thursday at the Sylmar Recreation Center, 13129 Borden Ave., to serve as a one-stop center for those burned out of their homes and others adversely affected by the wildfire.
The assistance center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the next day -- Friday -- but otherwise it will remain open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although most of the park's residents have been accounted for, police are still trying to track down residents of 16 units, including those in spaces 64, 73, 103, 128, 196, 271, 314, 332, 390, 416, 434, 456, 502, 570, 575 and 597. The LAPD has urged these residents to call 818-838-9827 and provide the names of everyone in their households to confirm they are all safe.
On Tuesday, President Bush declared Southern California a disaster area, freeing up federal aid to areas ravaged by the wildfires, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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