Uncontained sand fire forces thousands of California residents to flee their homes

July 25, 2016 by  
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Wildfires in southern California are once again forcing residents to evacuate their homes, with more than 18 homes reportedly destroyed so far in the Santa Clarita Valley in Los Angeles county. The Sand Fire, as it has been called, is currently only 10 percent contained, according to local fire authorities, and still poses a threat to thousands of homes in the area. Government officials had originally planned to allow residents to re-enter their homes over the weekend, but shifting winds caused the fire to grow faster than expected. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgtooSQaQm0 So far, the Sand Fire has completely destroyed 18 homes and damaged one other in the neighborhoods of Sand Canyon, Bear Divide, and Little Tujunga. Tens of thousands of residents were forced to evacuate over the weekend. Currently, another 2,000 homes in the town of Acton are in the fire’s path, if it maintains its current course. “That fire came through like a freight train,” John Tripp, incident commander with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told the local ABC affiliate. “We’ve never seen a fire come into Sand Canyon like that and neither have those residents.” Related: 8 of the world’s most devastating wildfires Los Angeles County sheriff’s department found a burned body in a car within the evacuation zone over the weekend, according to spokesperson Lt. Rob Hahnlein. He said it’s too early in the investigation to make a determination about the fire’s relationship to the person’s death. KTLA reported , though, that the man’s home was among those that were destroyed by the rapidly moving fire. A virtual army of firefighting teams have been dispatched to battle the blaze, including 1,673 firefighters, 122 engines, eight fixed-wing air-tankers, and six heavy heli-tankers. As of Monday morning, the U.S. Forest Service is reporting that the fire is only about 10 percent contained, leaving a lot of potential damage on the horizon as dry conditions and shifting winds help fuel the destructive force. Outside of the direct threat from the flames, the Sand Fire has contributed to LA’s poor air quality, as this week’s gusty winds continue to spread ash and debris from the fires throughout the county. Via LA Times Images via rlyboredok/Twitter

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Romanian architects turn a dirty, dingy garage into their dream office

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The 1960’s garage was on the ground floor of a Bucharest apartment building, and satisfied the goals the architectural firm had in mind as they sought a new space. According to a statement from arhiDOT design, the firm was looking for “an unconventional and representative space, small and manageable, a place where we’ll feel more at home than at the office, providing direct contact with the street and the city.” Architects and designers Dana Bostina, Vlad Bostina, and Simona Istoc designed the space. Related: Before and After: Brisbane Church Becomes Beautiful Pitched-Roof Home Minimal “space finishing interventions” like epoxy on the floor added to exterior glazing to brighten up a formerly dingy space. According to arhiDOT design, “Basically, the unfinished walls are ‘dressed’ in pieces of furniture or cladding (including the ceiling).” White shelving, furnishings and cabinets, and a wood ceiling and wall livened the garage. Details like a geometric lamp, old telephone, and plants add character. Another one of arhiDOT design’s goals for the space was efficiency , both in terms of furnishings and utilities. The space may appear simple at first glance, but start opening the cabinets and you’ll find a kitchen, toilet, printers, and storage. “Modular” furniture can “be reconfigured in different ways.” LED lighting and efficient water faucets ensure resources are well utilized. The office can be utilized for working, relaxing, eating, or meeting with clients. The design team said, “We wanted an intelligent, relaxed, and very flexible space which can be easily transformed depending on our needs.” Looks to us like they’ve gone above and beyond those goals. + arhiDOT design Via Contemporist Images courtesy of Arthur Tintu/arhiDOT design

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