Greater Alarm Grass Fire in Elysian Park

Saturday, May 14, 2005 |

On Saturday, May 14, 2005, at 1:55 PM PDT, nine companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, three Helicopters, two LA County Camp Crews, and other LAFD support personnel, under the direction of Battalion Chief Raymundo Gomez, responded to Greater Alarm Grass Fire at the NB 110 Fy and Academy Road in the Elysian Park area.

First units on the scene reported two acres of grass and brush burning on a hillside in steep and inaccessible terrain. Firefighters using handlines, heavy stream appliances, and aided by helicopter water drops, aggressively attacked the fire confining it to approximately seven acres of grass/brush and extinguished the fire in one hour and sixteen minutes.

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened.

The cause of the fire is listed as under investigation.


e; said...

I saw this post and realized I biked right by there just a half hour beforehand. One of my pictures shows the smoke in the background.

I remember noticing the smoke at the time, but thought it was farther away. -e;

S Krueger said...

Is it surprising? Thank god we have a great fire department.

That said, as a nearby resident we were lucky. Despite signs throughout the park indicating no smoking, no fires, no BBQ's etc there is ZERO enforcement. Drive through the park anytime and you will see it all. Any yet with the Police Academy in the area and patrol cars driving by all the time there is no effort by police OR park personnel to stop these activities. Much of the park backs up right against residential areas and it is probably only a matter of time before we see a major disaster.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

S Kreuger,

Thanks for the note, which you posted to a comment thread for an incident that occurred in 2005.

Regardless of which Elysian Park fire you are referencing, we appreciate your kind words, and can assure you we are doing our utmost as a Fire Department to prevent and when necessary respond to these blazes.

NOTE: With more than 1,000 incidents a day, we do not post every fire to the LAFD Blog. If you wish to be alerted to what we consider significant incident, please consider LAFD_ALERT or LAFD Twitter.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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