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Southern California wildfires' impact felt by relatively few Church members

Wildfires that raged in Southern California the past several days have had limited impact on Church members, according to a report from Church Welfare Services.

By Tuesday, weather conditions had improved and most of the fires from Santa Barbara to Orange County were under control, but not before more than 800 homes were destroyed.

The devastation of Oakridge Mobile Home Park is seen after a wildfire swept through in Sylmar, Calif., Monday, Nov. 17, 2008.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The devastation of Oakridge Mobile Home Park is seen after a wildfire swept through in Sylmar, Calif., Monday, Nov. 17, 2008.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Photo: AP

Four member homes in the North Hollywood California Stake, four mobile homes and one single-family dwelling were destroyed in the Sayre Fire around Sylmar, north of Los Angeles. Families were relocated to temporary housing.

Three member families lost their homes in the Anaheim California East Stake, one in an apartment complex and two in single-family homes. Several member homes were damaged by smoke and water in the Anaheim California East Stake and the Placentia California Stake. Many members were among those forced to evacuate their homes throughout the fire areas.

The Church reported that all missionaries were safe and accounted for and that no Church buildings were affected by the fires.