The Bel-Air–Brentwood and Santa Ynez fires which took place on November 6 and 7, 1961 have been considered the worst in L.A. county’s history for decades. However, on November 15, 2008 the Sylmar fire began and was the worst fire in the county since Bel-Air. Some would argue it was as bad or worse. In the Bel-Air fire, 484 homes went up in smoke along with 15,810 acres by the time it was finished. The Sylmar fire destroyed 6,500 acres and more than 600 homes, most of which were mobile. Both experienced strong winds which caused more fires to spring up around the area.
The worst brush fire in Los Angeles history was the Bel-Air-Brentwood destroying 484 homes in November 6 and 7 1961. During this great fire, the Santa Ynes fire simultaneously arose at a summit ridge far to the west.
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