|This was the Santa Ana Windy scene from around Foothill Blvd. in Sylmar-San Fernando area of the northern San Fernando Valley on this day in 1966 during a major Santa Ana Wind event. Twelve members of the El Cariso Hotshots were killed and many survivors injured when they found themselves trapped mid-slope and not in the black while fighting the 2,028-acre Loop Fire. There is much more to be found on this HERE and I highly recommend you watch/listen to the Gerald Smith clip. It is worth noting that this weather event also caused many record-setting high temperatures for this date (and in some cases for the entire month) from San Francisco to San Diego. |
Photo attribution is unknown to me but I believe the image is in the public domain now.