Surely, without their effort, homes would have been destroyed and
perhaps severe injury would have followed.
It is reassuring that locally, the tri-city area -- Burbank,
Glendale and Pasadena -- have contingency and mutual plans for the
initial spark-up of brush fires and the possibility of hotspots one
the initial blaze is doused.
The Glendale Fire Department, for instance, was immediately
assisted their Burbank peers, sending out 10 engines and about 40
firefighters to help fight the flames, which ultimately forced
residents from their homes.
This fire was a reminder of what Country Club Drive resident David
Shafer knows well.
"They have this all dialed in on an evacuation and how to attack
the fire," Shafer told the Leader. "This has always been a dangerous
The hillsides above the foothills are a dangerous region
vulnerable to what one Burbank Fire captain said was the whim of
Fires and mudslides are a humbling thought. But we can take some
comfort in our response in the midst of such danger. That included
local businesses, which responded to the call for food to feed
firefighters, and to John Muir Middle School in Burbank, where life
got back to normal this week after the school's fields became home to
tents and portable kitchen units for fire personnel for four days.
The school's principal remarked how little chaos there was on her
campus given the circumstances.
We're thankful for that. It could have been a lot worse up there
in the Verdugos.