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l.a. county fire chief to wildland-area residents: 'sleep with one eye open tonight'

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l.a. county fire chief to wildland-area residents: 'sleep with one eye open tonight'

more than 100,000 residents in the san fernando valley remained under evacuation wednesday as a brush fire that started in the foothills above sylmar continued to grow.by late wednesday, the fire had scorched 12,605 acres and destroyed at least 30 homes. firefighters were bracing for heavy winds, with forecasters predicting gusts in some areas of up to 80 mph.“it’s critically important for people that live in wildland areas that you sleep with one eye open tonight,” los angeles county fire chief daryl osby said.“we’re expecting some extreme wind” wednesday night, osby said. “we’re expecting wind gusts in some areas up to 80 miles per hour.”as crews continue to fight the blaze, some residents are beginning to assess the damage to their foothill properties.among the charred landscape off little tujunga canyon road in sylmar stood what remained of rancho padilla, where nearly 30 horses died in the fire.“all i could think about was the horses, the horses, the horses. and they were like, ‘get out, get out, get out,’ ” said patricia padilla, whose family owns a ranch there.“the structures can get rebuilt, but the lives of the horses can’t.... that’s my biggest heartbreak.”the ranch, which boards horses, had more than 60 housed there, said virginia padilla, patricia’s older sister. that morning, they put the count of dead horses at 29.one of virginia’s horses is in the hospital, and another, along with her sister’s horse, scar, is doing fine. ...