FROM Amanda Covarrubias
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 .
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