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Nobody had to see the flames this weekend to know there were devastating fires in LA, Orange and Santa Barbara Counties. Smoke and ashes spread almost everywhere, from brush, trees and more than 1000 homes. We hear about the fires themselves and the consequences to public health. Also, California Attorney General Jerry Brown urges the State Supreme Court to take up six cases involving Prop 8 and decide them right away.

Banner image: A firefighter sprays water on a home as most of the homes in the Oakridge mobile home park, which reportedly has 600-800 homes, burn in the Sylmar Fire on November 15, 2008 in Sylmar, California. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Karen Radziner
Sonya Geis

Making News Parties Urge Supreme Court to Take Same-Sex Marriage Case

The California Supreme Court could decide as soon as Wednesday whether to hear as many as six lawsuits against Proposition 8, the initiative declaring that marriage is legal only between a man and a woman. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is urging the Court to take up the cases and to rule as soon as possible. Bob Egelko writes about legal matters for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle (@egelko)

Reporter's Notebook Choking on Wildfire Smoke

Southern Californians live with the health-effects of smog produced mostly by automobile and truck traffic. Wild fires produce additional pollution, particles from the smoke and ashes of burning vegetation and materials used in building construction. We hear about the biological consequences, where they're the worst and how soon we can all breath in relative safety from Sam Atwood of the AQMD and USC's Constantinos Sioutas, co-director of Southern California Particle Center.

Sam Atwood, Spokesman for the Air Quality Management District
Constantinos Sioutas, Co-Director, Southern California Particle Center

Main Topic Wildfires and Public Health

One hundred eleven houses in Montecito, 113 in Yorba Linda, and in Sylmar, 501 mobile homes – it's Los Angeles County's worst loss of its kind since the Bel-Air fire of 1961.  Roughly 1000 homes and other structures were destroyed in the past four days from Santa Barbara to Orange County. You can see, smell and even taste the smoke and ashes in much of Southern California. We get an update from Amanda Covarrubias, Assignment Editor on the City Desk at the Los Angeles Times.

Amanda Covarrubias, City Desk Assignment Editor, Los Angeles Times


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