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Smoke mushrooms
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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
Valley Times Collection
Fires--California--Laurel Canyon (Los Angeles)
Smoke--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Laurel Canyon (Los Angeles)
Brush--California--Los Angeles
Mountains--California, Southern
Laurel Canyon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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