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2008-10-15 18:20:00

California fire officials Wednesday speculated downed power lines may have triggered one of two wildfires that have scorched 18,000 acres near Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman cautioned, however, no official cause has been named for the Sesnon fire in Porter Ranch, the Los Angeles Times reported. Calm winds Wednesday kept the blaze and a second brushfire in the San Fernando Valley from burning their way to the sea. The wildfires have left two people dead and 49...

2008-10-14 15:00:14

Firefighters at the northern edge of California's San Fernando Valley got a break Tuesday as Santa Ana winds eased up after fueling deadly twin wildfires. Firefighters continued to battle blazes that so far have claimed two lives -- in addition to two other deaths reported elsewhere -- 10,000 acres and 49 structures, the Los Angeles Times reported. Meanwhile, fire officials reported the 4,824-acre Marek fire near Lake View Terrace was 70 percent contained Tuesday. The 9,872-acre Sesnon...

2008-10-14 03:00:19

By Tony Castro, Susan Abram; Connie Llanos Two Santa Ana-wind- driven fires on opposite ends of the San Fernando Valley raged out of control Monday night, destroying dozens of homes, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and threatening to charge all the way to the ocean. At least two deaths were blamed on the two blazes, which some 800 firefighters were battling on steep canyon hillsides from the Northeast Valley to Rocky Peak. "It's like hell with the top off," said Sylmar...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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