Historical Society Recounts ‘93 Blaze

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A stairway to nowhere on Skyline Drive, in the hardest hit Mystic Hills neighborhood. Photo by Mitch Ridder.

The terrible Laguna Beach wildfire was 20 years ago, taking place on Oct. 27, 1993. This unsolved crime touched the lives of most all Lagunans.

The Laguna Beach Historical Society program on the fire is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will include photos and a report on the 1993 firestorm written by the Orange County Fire Authority Chief Larry Holms.

The summary: the fire was started about 11:50 a.m. by an arsonist, destroyed or severely damaged 441 homes, burned 14,337 acres causing $528 million in damage.

The free 7:30 p.m. program takes place at City Hall’s Council Chamber, 505 Forest Ave. The program will be videotaped and is to be televised on Cox channel 30.


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