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Sylmar in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sayre Fire

November 14-20, 2008

 
 
Sayre Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 11, 2019
1. Sayre Fire Marker
Inscription.  On November 14, 2008, the Sayre (or Sylmar) Fire, a wind-driven fire, quickly moved through the hillside brush into residential areas above the 210 freeway and west of the 5 freeway. The fire was contained on November 20, 2008 after burning 11,262 acres and damaging or destroying more than 600 structures. The major devastation occurred here at Oakridge where the fire destroyed 476 homes, damaged 12 homes beyond repair, and destroyed the 15,000 square foot clubhouse. The number of homes lost in the Sayre Fire exceeded the prior record in the City of Los Angeles, which had been set by the 1961 Bel Air fire that resulted in the loss of 484 homes. This plaque commemorates the extraordinary resolve and cooperation of Oakridge residents who helped fire fighters and law enforcement officers evacuate all Oakridge residents without any loss of lives. The residents also displayed great resilience and neighborliness in helping each other, with the help of federal, state, county, city and non-profit agencies, to begin the process of building their lives and their homes. As a result, the first Oakridge resident returned with a rebuilt home to Oakridge on
Sayre Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 11, 2019
2. Sayre Fire Marker
August 26, 2009.

Dedicated To Oakridge Residents Past, Present and Future.
 
Erected 2010 by City of Los Angeles Councilmember Richard Alarcon, and Oakridge Residents.
 
Location. 34° 19.559′ N, 118° 28.024′ W. Marker is in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Glenoaks Boulevard north of Foothill Boulevard. Located behind the clubhouse of a gated community; access only with permission or during public events. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15455 Glenoaks Blvd, Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rim of the Valley Trail (approx. half a mile away); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Cascades (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mission Wells (approx. 2 miles away); Rogerio Rocha (approx. 2 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 2.9 miles away); Loop Fire (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lopez Station (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
 
Regarding Sayre Fire. The Sayre fire was named for the location of its origin, near the north end of Sayre Street.

Sylmar is the northernmost community in the City of Los Angeles. The name is a fusion of the Latin words for Sea of Trees.

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Clubhouse / Community Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 11, 2019
3. Clubhouse / Community Center
Sayre Fire was declared a Federal Disaster Area. There were no fatalities or serious injuries.

For five days after the fire, this contributor (CB) volunteered with the Red Cross at Oakridge, providing hot meals to those dealing with the loss of their homes.
 
Categories. Disasters
 

More. Search the internet for Sayre Fire.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 256 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 11, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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