Palaces For The People
Saturday, October 25, 2003

JUST A REMINDER THAT PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE ARE COMPLETELY FIREPROOF, and each one has a multimillion gallon cistern of firefighting water on the premises!

Calif. Fire Destroys More Than 200 Homes
California Wildfire Destroys More Than 200 Homes, Forces Thousands of People to Evacuate Area

The Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Oct. 25 — A wildfire leaped through dense housing tracts in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains on Saturday, destroying more than 200 homes, threatening 1,000 others and forcing thousands of people to flee under a sky thick with smoke and tinged orange-red by flames.

The fire, which erupted around 9 a.m. about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, was propelled by fierce Santa Ana winds as it devoured 10,000 acres of chaparral within hours, spreading to a 12-mile front. The blaze and an even larger wildfire nearby that burned at least 10 homes Saturday closed highways, cut off power to thousands and choked the region with heavy smoke and flaming ash.

The fires were among several major blazes in Southern California, fueled by high winds, low humidity and temperatures that climbed into the 90s....

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