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Bel-Air blaze
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Hyde, Alan
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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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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.
First photograph caption dated November 7, 1961 reads "Firemen pause at truck as Bel-Air blaze creeps down Beverly Glen ridge."; Second photograph caption dated November 8, 1961 reads "The fire... ...caused this toll." Costs in lost residences, emergency response expenses, and watershed reclamation were estimated by insurance companies and government agencies to total $19-$23 Million.; See images #00127208 through #00127211 for all photos in this series. Additional series #00127209, #00127215 through #00127217.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Fire Department--Uniforms
Men--California--Los Angeles
Fire fighters--California--Los Angeles
Fire engines--California--Los Angeles
Protective clothing--California--Los Angeles
Fire helmets--California--Los Angeles
Gloves--California--Los Angeles
Ford automobile
Fires--California--Bel Air (Los Angeles)
Forest fires--California--Los Angeles
Forest fires--California--Los Angeles--Prevention and control
Streets--California--Bel Air (Los Angeles)
Trees--California--Los Angeles
Brush--California--Los Angeles
Foothills--California--Los Angeles
Mountains--California, Southern
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Bel Air (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Night photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
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