I knew we were in trouble. Other neighbors were standing around watching; some were watering down their roofs and trees. I shouted "GO! Get your dogs, kids in the car and LEAVE NOW! That fire is coming this way fast and it's already moving toward the canyon - we won't be able to drive off the hill once it gets to Rosebud!" Sirens were only just arriving in the neighborhood.
Neighbors who did not hesitate, got off the hill that day. No one was injured. We are so fortunate that the LAFD and their partner agencies were able to expend so many air resources and around 200 firefighters on the Silver Lake Fire. The fire occurred at a time of day when the winds kick up like clockwork, every day. Yet only a couple of homes were damaged by fire. It could have been so much worse.
I suspect it will be along time before neighbors question why we have no parking on several area streets on LA City Fire Dept-called Red Flag Days.
We're reviewing the conditions before, during and after the June 19, 2016, Silver Lake Fire. While it is a rehashing of old news, well put it in perspective of neighborhood issues, in addition to having it in our collective neighborhood history.