Southern California fires force evacuations, burn thousands of acres

By Steve Frothingham

Giant Bicycles evacuated Thursday as the Hill Fire erupted amid strong Santa Ana winds.

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycles USA evacuated its offices Thursday afternoon as the Hill Fire burned behind the company’s headquarters in the Conejo Valley, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

“We evacuated at about 3 p.m. It was really close to Giant. We could see flames from our kitchen, and we acted quickly the minute we saw the fire to shut down,” said An Le, Giant’s global marketing director. “We’ve been through a few fires, but this is probably the closest one to the office.”

“The office is fine and people have been checking on it, but the evacuations impacted a lot of folks at Giant. Many people weren’t able to get home with the 101 Freeway being closed. But everyone is safe,” Le added.

Le was among the people who couldn’t get to his home in Camarillo, and at 4 a.m. his hotel in Newbury Park was put under voluntary evacuation.

“So I drove around to Malibu to head to Camarillo on PCH [Pacific Coast Highway], and even at 4 a.m. I could see the fire was moving very quickly. It’s unbelievable, actually.”

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Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News