Multiple fires are raging in Southern California. A series of Santa Ana wind-driven wildfires have destroyed hundreds of structures, forced thousands to flee and smothered the region with smoke in what officials predicted would be a pitched battle for days.
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Courtney Horrow isn’t taking any chances.
She is taking her two daughters, ages 4 and 6, to Palm Desert — away from the growing winds that for days have filled the skies with smoke and ash and now threaten her home, which sits up a hill on a windy street on North Bundy Drive and Chalon Road in Brentwood.
She didn’t plan on returning to her white-wooded house until Sunday. As she placed bags of clothes in the back seat of her black SUV, she said that many of her neighbors already had chosen to evacuate.
“The winds might get stronger, and it’s blowing this direction. It’s really concerning,” she said as a gust of wind made the area smell of burned wood. “Schools are canceled, and I don’t want my children breathing in this air.”
A few minutes north of Bundy Canyon, Eric Sackler sat at home with his 9-year-old twins, Alexis and Jayson. He took the day off work to watch the kids after he found out this morning that Crossroads School in Santa Monica canceled classes for the day.
Like many of his neighbors, Sackler prepared to leave if the winds accelerated and pushed the fires across the freeway. He already has his children’s clothes and electronics packed in the car. “The TV is constantly on, and I’m monitoring the situation,” he said.