VICTORVILLE — High winds raking Southern California left one community buried in tumbleweeds.

Residents of Victorville in the high desert northeast of Los Angeles had to call the city for help when tumbleweeds piled up Monday.

Victorville spokeswoman Sue Jones tells the Daily Press that as many as 150 homes were affected in a neighborhood that faces open desert.

Some homes had tumbleweeds piled as high as the second story.

The city and San Bernardino County Fire Department sent crews to rake up the weeds and load them into trash trucks.

The gusts trailing a departing storm system are decreasing Tuesday.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.vvdailypress.com

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Remembering the October fires
On Oct. 9, fire-affected schools will acknowledge the anniversary in different ways.

Anova Center for Education
Students will take a field trip to Safari West, a wildlife sanctuary.

Schaefer Charter School
A motivational speaker will talk to students about making good life choices.

Mark West Union School District
Students from schools throughout the district will deliver trees to neighborhood parks in Mark West and Larkfield Estates.

Hidden Valley Elementary School
The annual pasta dinner will be held that evening for families to attend. Additionally, students are gathering toiletries, small toys and gift cards to put in 150 shoeboxes to send to two Shasta County schools affected by the Carr fire.

Cardinal Newman High School
Students will gather in the gym that morning for prayerful remembrance, a video presentation of students fire experiences and speeches administrators.