The personal toll of evacuating fire-ravaged Ventura and West LA

Fires are raging out of control across the region. The Skirball Fire near the Getty Center has destroyed at least four homes on the east side of the 405 freeway, and has burned at least 150 acres. In Ventura, the Thomas Fire has burned at least 65,000 acres, and there’s still no containment. Air quality has forced schools to close, and the Santa Ana winds are expected to become even stronger. We talk with people who’ve evacuated -- one who lost her home and everything in it, and another who doesn’t know what he’ll lose.


Saul Gonzalez - reporter for KCRW. Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' - @SaulKCRW, Jonathan Bastian - Host, Life Examined - @jwbastian, Letha Harrison - Ventura resident, Michael Williams - Mandeville Canyon resident

Madeleine Brand

Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole