'Sayre Wildland Fire' Information

Friday, November 14, 2008 |

Map of area burned in Sayre Fire, Click to learn more...For information on the former 'Sayre Wildland Fire', please visit:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Jim said...

If you used my Google Maps based comm system I developed for the Basin Complex Fire in Big Sur last June you would have two way mass communication that is faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive than the current incident information system. It would be active by the time the FD's got in their trucks.

The current incident information system is archaic. Quit praising it.

For the original prototype: http://disasterpost.com. I can't get it out of OES to the people!

- Jim Preston, techie
Silicon Valley, CA

fourbyfourblazer said...

Here is a link to pictures I took Saturday morning between 1am & 5am.


Em said...

Thank you so much for keeping the fire information posted. We really appreciate your efforts.

We're not threatened by these fires, but it's nice to know all the little details so we can keep an eye on it in case it turns.

Thanks again! You do a great job. :)

Amy said...

Thanks for all of your hard work! I really appreciate you all keeping us safe.

Butcher said...

'm thankful for all that the fire dept's are doing, but why do you have to block the bus line on Foothill in LVT? My daughter has to take the bus to LAVC and last month, I missed to many days of work to take her to college, I can't do this again, I will lose my job. YOU should at least let the bus line go through so she can get to the Rapid bus on Van Nuys from Brainard St. Please open up that 290 line to go through. Other people take this line to get to work and school in our little town of Lake View Terrace, you are blocking our town from the rest of LA.

JeR said...

thanks for keeping this information updated and posted while we keep an eye on our friends and loved ones....

Anonymous said...

We appreciate the firefighters and law enforcement and shelters and animal shelters more than they can ever know, during the Sesnon fire when we were evacuated and now; they and all those living around the immediate fire area are in our prayers. We can see the fire now from our window (near Porter Ranch); a very eerie sight with the moon just having come up above it. We weren't expecting to see that again so soon but it's definitely a reminder for us to stay prepared so we can get ourselves and our animals out early if it should be necessary again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the updates. Good luck to you all!

With prayer and good vibes for the work ahead --

Paula (Sylmar)

Anonymous said...

You guys are our heros. Thank you all very much for keeping us safe.

Noah said...

Please post whatever information you have about which structures survived in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. I can't find that information anywhere, although I know it was posted at the Sylmar shelter.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

@ Butcher,

Though I don't have specific information related to how that specific bus route and time was selected for detour, I am certain the decision was made in the best interest of your daughter and other passengers, as well as the bus operator.

Your comments however are duly noted, and we welcome you to engage in dialogue with the Battalion 12 Commander, to better understand how fireground commanders determine how and when to reroute traffic, including Metro Bus Route 290.

@ Noah,

I'm sad to say that I am remote from Los Angeles, and do not have access to the roster you saw. I hope and pray that such detailed information, as well as complete access to neighborhoods most severely impacted, will take place long prior to my return to work on Tuesday.

@ et al,

It has been a difficult day for most of us, including the men and women of the LAFD. Thanks for you kind words, they mean more than you know. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, as we work together to recover and heal from this wildfire.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Thank you to each and all fireman and law enforcement who is out there protecting us all. Hope what you do to us will be returned to you 100 times over... maybe not by us but from a greater power. Our thoughts are with you all. Stay safe.

Jody said...

Please know that you and all your incredible men and women are deeply in our prayers. The light of your God serving people shine brighter than the fire. Thank you for keeping us all safe - May you be as well. Jody - Camarillo

Deana Paul said...

Can you please tell us how we can find a list of properties that have been destroyed or damaged?? I have been trying to locate my family and friends to find out how there homes did, but they said because of the evac area, they cant get in to find out what is going on?? I am asking for info on Badger street in Sylmar 91342. Thanks

Tylor said...

Thank you for your courage and determination to keep these fires at bay and protect our communities as best you can. Keep up the hard work and know that you are heroes to many, many people in these times of danger.

Karen Ard said...

I am so appreciative of all of your posts and tweets! Is there a way to post what stations have responded? For those of us that have family on the job and haven't heard from them, it would be nice to know. Keep up the great work!

Jennifer said...

Are we able to go back home if we live in Knollwood?

It is no longer in the evacuation zone.

valk314 said...

brian, as i said on twitter, this blog is a godsend. i still can't believe how few people work in your office, especially when compared to lapd. is there something we can do to change that?

chris said...

At the start of the Sayre fire, we are nearby on Gavina, we spent the night knocking down embers flying in the 70mph winds. Last time, a few weeks ago, the fire was not quite as close but the street was lined with fire trucks and they made us leave (twice), this time we had firestorms of embers into the trees, bushes and roof and not one fire engine stationed on the street. The choppers were awesome doing spot drops nearby all night but the only people trying to make sure those large flying embers did not take were the home owners who did not leave.
The fire department have done a great job recently in structure protection but in the middle of Friday night we did not feel so. The residents were ready to leave straight away if necessary but without the real thing there it seemed necessary to stay.
Again all the Fire Services are doing a great job this weekend, and we really thank them, but we feel better not having left.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

@ Valk314

If you are a City of Los Angeles resident, we not only suggest but encourage you to engage in dialogue with your elected leaders regarding your Fire Department.

@ Chris,

We appreciate your kind words, and understand your overall concern.

Though the City of Los Angeles has it better that most municipalities, we'd be foolish to admit that when it comes to protecting everyone from wind-whipped wildfire, we have anything more than "an 8 foot table and a 5 foot tablecloth". While we can and do rely on mutual aid, there are sadly times when there is more fire than available firefighters.

We welcome any specific suggestion be sent to:

Fire Chief Douglas Barry
Los Angeles Fire Department
200 North Main Street, Room 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

...and as mention to Valk314 above, we encourage you to engage in dialogue with your elected leaders regarding your Fire Department and its capabilities.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Just sending my thanks for your hard work and prayers for everyone's safety.

If not for the LAFD, my neighborhood by Griffith Park would've been devastated. I feel terrible about the loss of so many homes in this current string of fires but know it would be worse if not for your bravery.

Many, many thanks.

Anonymous said...

There are no Amtrak trains running through Sylmar

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 10:33,

While Amtrak trains do not typically travel on the rail line through Sylmar, the popular Amtrak Thruway Buses that connect many Californian's with intercity rail service do indeed travel on the freeways that were impacted - and in some cases closed by this wildfire.

Thanks for taking the time to write, and for keeping us on our toes!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank all the firefighters for their effort in the Sayre fire. My home was saved. Also thanks to Med Response Ambulance in Van Nuys for their participation in the quick evacuation of Mountainview Convalescent Home. My father on ventilator was transported without question. The nursing staff told me that Med Response Ambulance responded immediately and transported over 80 patients of the 109 patients in the facility. Thanks to all the Med Response ambulance crews. Their Supervisor was organized and patients were transported by priority.

Anonymous said...

GOD bless you for saving
our gavina santiago estates
in 70 mile wind driven torch
twice! Your heros..period.
I am from canada,orginally
and I never seen such crisis management ..just so tight in your teamwork,its a testiment to your courage,training,I send you all the love I have


Anonymous said...

Your right I forgot about the Amtrak buses.

PattyPatricia said...

Ron, you are doing a tremendous job, but I never expected less.
Thank you, Pat Davenport

Anonymous said...

Having lived in the affected area I appreciate all the work that is being done by local and state Fire Fighters and all Emergency Workers.

Many have been forced to leave their homes and are residing in Red Cross Shelters. The American Red Cross is also supporting these efforts. I just want to throw out a thank you to the Red Cross Volunteers who are working on this opperation to support those affected by this fire and those who are working to put it out.

Anonymous said...

I'd like people to be aware that the US Forest Service is also working on the Sayre fire. Please don't forget them when thanking the firefighters. They are working hard too.

Lucy Stuart said...

I just found your blog, and I wanted to leave a message to thank you all for your hard work to get control of the wildfires. It is a concern to me anytime there is a fire around the LA basin, as I have severe cronic asthma. I could smell and taste the smoke here in Santa Monica on saturday night and had to close my windows for 2 days. You guys and gals are life-savers in so many ways, just had to say Thanks!
and to Jim who wrote about the Google Maps- this is not the appropriate place for your advise, you could be a human and write a longhand letter to the Fire Chief and send it snail mail, you could also send your info to your State Representative or Senator. Leave my Life-savers alone!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work. The lafd keeps things safe for everyone on a daily basis, especially in times of crisis. Losing a home to fire is hard for residents and ff's, you guys did a terrific job protecting our homes and our community.. thanks again

p.s is there a website to donate to the relief efforts??

locked out said...

surviving the oakridge fire our home still sits unoccupied for 124 days. we are finding that no one believes our story they think we are joking. i am not amused. the fire dept saved my home and i thank them. however their business ended there and no one picked up the slack, so here we sit in the holiday inn express while the ashes are being removed. we can expect to sit here for another 50 days in our one room in the hotel. the contractor who is cleaning the park has made it clear that anyone setting foot in the oakridge park will be arrested. they are really co-operating to get residents back to their homes, another joke. sure the joke is on me.

Anonymous said...

locked out 151 days now 5 months out, the heat and wind will certainly make the surviving oakridge landscaping it's next victim. residents that have houses are left out without consideration. just let us get on with our business.

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