A homeowner on Briggs in La Crescenta drapes burlap over a wall of sandbags in this Los Angeles Times photo from October. Since I've subscribed for 40 years, I hope they don't charge me for running it here.
I woke up to the sound of helicopters over the burn areas then the sight of a low spot on Big Tujunga Canyon Road buried under earth on the KTLA news. On the way home from work, I heard the county's press conference on KFI. They seemed to have their act together, and they all got home in time for dinner. There was an awkward moment on KTLA tonight at 10 when Lu Parker had to segue out of her stand up with a bulldozer in La Canada and cut to the city's live media event, introducing her boyfriend, the mayor. The LAPD was just starting to knock on doors, and folks in Blanchard Canyon were visibly surprised by the mandatory evacuation order for Wednesday morning, despite the river of mud they endured Tuesday.
The folks with county government have done everything man and machine can accomplish to hold back the mountains. The people of Tujunga, now matter where they came from, seem to feel that God and four-wheel drive is on their side. According to my television.
As with the fire, the Internet will be the best source of information and a great means of communication.