Winds Sweep Fire Through Anaheim

Issue 9 and Volume 135.

Winds Sweep Fire Through Anaheim features A fire swept through urban areas of Anaheim, Calif., near Disneyland just before dawn last April 21 leaving 53 structures damaged or destroyed and approximately $50 million in damages. It was the worst non-brush-caused fire disaster in the memory of area fire fighters. Wood shingle roofs, along with the wind, were major contributors to the fast spread of the fire. The fire, blown by fierce, up to 63mph Santa Ana winds, taxed resources of fire fighting agencies in Orange County and brought mutual-aid strike teams from departments in Los Angeles County as well. “It was the finest mutual-aid operation I’ve ever seen,” Anaheim Fire Chief Bob D. Simpson said. Simpson should know about mutual aid. As a former Los Angeles County deputy chief he commanded many major brush fire emergencies, sometimes involving statewide mutual aid. Santa Ana winds The infamous Santa Ana winds are…

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