NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — In desperate efforts to save their homes, some residents in Newbury Park picked up garden hoses to spray their property until firefighters arrived.
“I was definitely scared,” resident Tyler McDermott said. “I came over here right away to make sure her animals were taken care of… I just wanted to help out.”
“I run a daycare with my mom, so I had six kids at my house, and we have a 2-year-old little girl,” said Lindsay Jensen. “Scared is putting it lightly. I was panicked, really panicked.”
Panic led one woman, desperate to protect her home, to use a garden hose against the flames.
“As long as these Eucalyptus trees don’t go up in flames, I think we’ve got a shot to save our homes right over here,” she said.
Many people voluntarily evacuated on Thursday as the so-called Springs Fire spread. Just when they felt safe returning, the fire flared up again.
“Of course, as we’re pulling in the street, the flames are huge again,” Jensen recalled.
“They would come down, everything was fine, and I would calm down. And then they’re back up again.”
But with firefighters from all over Southern California watching every wind-blown ember and potential spot fire, and with winds calming down at night, so, too, were people’s nerves.
–Carolyn Costello, KTLA News
MANY PEOPLE VOLUNTARILY EVACUATED THEIR HOMES…BUT JUST WHEN THEY FELT SAFE RETURNING..THE FIRE WOULD FLARE UP AGAIN.
10:15 “Just as I was driving back up the street…the fire flared up again.”
BUT WITH FIREFIGHTERS FROM ALL OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WATCING EVERY EMBER AND POTENTIAL SPOT FIRE..AND WITH WINDS CALMING DOWN .. SO ARE MOST PEOPLE’S SHAKEY NERVES..AT LEAST IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.
“I’ve been reading pall the trucks of where are the firefighters are from…all over..really cool to see.”