La Canada-Flintridge Fire Forces Hundreds of Asian American Families to Flee Homes

August 31, 2009


LA CAÑADA-FLINTRIDGE—A slow-moving mountain brush fire has claimed the lives of two firefighters and destroyed 18 structures since it began Aug. 26 and was still raging out of control Sunday with plumes of smoke rising as high as 20,000 feet into the air above this Los Angeles bedroom community favored by Asian American families who began moving here about a decade ago attracted to the areas schools and suburban lifestyle. A couple watches as a Sikorski Skycrane helicopter swoops low to make a water drop at the La Cañada Country Club in the photo above by Korea Central Daily’s Kim Sang-jin.

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