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Santa Ana winds: Trees toppled on Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena

December 1, 2011 | 10:57 am

High winds toppled trees on Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, where for more than 80 years the deodars on Santa Rosa Avenue have been strung with 10,000 lights over the holiday season.

The trees had been strung with lights Sunday in preparation for the big lighting ceremony Dec. 10, said Maureen Ward, president of the Christmas Tree Lane Assn.

But the winds toppled two of the trees and others lost large limbs.

The street was strewn with debris Thursday and neighbors were out staring at the spectacle and pondering the future of the lighting ceremony.

"What are we gonna do? Our ceremony is supposed to be next weekend... We have to see how fast we can clean it," Ward said.

The ceremony is the oldest large-scale Christmas tree lighting in the United States, according to the association, and the lane is listed as a state historic landmark.


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Photo: Maureen Ward, president of the Christmas Tree Lane Assn. in Altadena, examines a deodar felled by Wednesday night's Santa Ana winds. The tree, damaged by a root fungus, had been slated for removal after this year's festivities. Credit: Geoffrey Mohan / Los Angeles Times