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Skirball Fire


By John M. Malecky May, 2021

Skirball Fire
December, 2017
By Firestorm HD Productions

Available from:
FSP Books & Videos
433 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749

Price: $12.95 (DVD)

This DVD is approximately 31 minutes in length. It involves a wildland fire in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles City that destroyed six houses, damaged 12 others and destroyed 422 acres on the slopes of the Sepulveda Pass. It was one of many wildland fires in Southern California during the month of December.

It involves much activity of both fixed wing and rotary aircraft from a number of agencies, dropping water and chemical to combat these fires. Engine companies are seen stretching hoselines and advancing streams at brush and into houses that have been evacuated and are being destroyed. Many nice houses and other property, such as automobiles, fell victim to this horrible and fast-moving fire propelled by the Santa Ana winds.

In one instance a deck gun is deployed from an elevated position down onto brush that is actively burning. Thankfully, some of these areas had hydrants or the deck gun operation would not have been possible. It is not a long DVD, but it's packed full of heavy engagement of firefighting forces.

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