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Photograph was edited for publication purposes The Bel Air Fire was a brush fire that began on November 5, 1961 in the Bel Air community of Los Angeles. 484 homes were destroyed and 16,090 acres were burned. As a direct result of the Bel Air Fire, Los Angeles initiated a series of laws and fire safety policies. These included the banning of wood shingle roofs in new construction and one of the most stringent brush clearance policies in the United States. The Los Angeles City Fire Department produced a documentary, "Design For Disaster," about the wildfire, narrated by William Conrad. Photograph caption dated November 8, 1961 reads "Fire swept down on a Bel-Air home at Bel-Air road and Rial lane at the height of the canyon blaze Monday (top photo). Valley Time TODAY Photographer Jon Woods saw it from a helicopter, noticed there was no fire equipment there to help save it, returned Tuesday to see the results. The expensive home was nothing but charred rubble and ashes (below)."; See images #00127212 through #00127214 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
Fires--California--Bel Air (Los Angeles) Dwellings--California--Bel Air (Los Angeles) Lost architecture--California--Bel Air (Los Angeles) Flame Smoke--California--Los Angeles Automobiles--California--Los Angeles Streets--California--Bel Air (Los Angeles) Foothills--California--Los Angeles Mountains--California, Southern Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.) Bel Air Road (Los Angeles, Calif.) Rial Lane (Los Angeles, Calif.) Bel Air (Los Angeles, Calif.) Aerial photographs Valley Times Collection photographs