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Why was Yorba Linda hit so hard?

November 17, 2008 |  4:29 pm

So why was the destruction in Yorba Linda -- 113 homes lost and 50 damaged -- so great?

The homes touched by fire were not all in one spot or neighborhood -- they were scattered across the area.

"It's a checkerboard effect out there," said Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion, of Orange County Fire Authority. "On one street, one home, on another street there would be another home."

Erratic winds causing embers to land half a mile in front of the fire line was the main reason why different areas were hit, he said.

He said the situation has improved today.

"We have a good handle on things," he said. "We are now just making sure that everything in that fire area is cold."

--My-Thuan Tran