Yet homes have overwhelmingly remained safe so far, after aggressive and strategic firefighting and a dose of luck.
In the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles, a major wildfire gave a major scare to homeowners when it broke out within feet of residential streets.
But a day later, firefighters had stopped its progress with bombardment from helicopters and crews hiking into the hills to douse it and cut fire lines.
“They are working so hard, it’s excruciating with the heat, and up and down these hills, they’re steep,” LA County fire Capt. Mike McCormick said.
Homeowner Gordon Witby said Tuesday he couldn’t believe how close the flames had been to his house in Duarte a day earlier, and how calm the scene was now. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT