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Photograph was edited for publication purposes The caption refers to the Laurel Canyon fires that broke out on July 10, 1959. The fire burned over 300 acres and destroyed over 40 homes in a residential area that included houses belonging to Hollywood celebrities, such as Steve McQueen, Charles Coburn, and Alan Bergman. 10-15 m.p.h. winds combined with the summer heat fed the fires that moved so fast that residents were caught off guard and had only enough time to gather a few belongings before evacuating their homes, many fleeing on foot. Photograph caption dated July 11, 1959 reads, "Huge clouds of smoke and flame billow for miles above scene of Laurel Canyon blaze. Hundreds of curious massed along Sunset and Ventura boldevards [sic], clogging main traffic lanes."; See images #00114954 through #00114960 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints