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TIME OF ALARM: 1:20 PM, Tuesday, May 8, 2007
LAFD INCIDENT# 0648
INCIDENT NAME: Griffith Park Fire
DISPATCH LOCATION: Intersection of Vermont Avenue and Hillhurst Avenue
VEGETATION TYPE: Medium to Heavy Grass and Brush
TERRAIN: Steep/Rugged/Rolling Hills
WEATHER: 80-85 degrees, 3-6 mph winds, 30-35% low elevation humidity 16-24% high elevations.
CONDITIONS ON ARRIVAL: 7 Acres, moderate wind/topography driven
CURRENT SIZE: 817 + Acres (estimate) at 95% Containment
CURRENT CONDITION: 84 degress, 2-4 mph swirling winds, 10% humidity
95% contained. 100% containment expected tonight
STRUCTURES THREATENED: None at this time
STRUCTURES DAMAGED: 1 Home Damaged, $30,000, Wood Shake Roof.
STRUCTURES DESTROYED: None
EVACUATION SHELTER: All persons released.
FREEWAY OFF RAMPS INCLUDE:
- 5 FWY. - LOS FELIZ NORTH AND SOUTH OFF RAMPS
- ZOO DRIVE CLOSED
SCHOOL CLOSURES: None
CAUSE OF FIRE: Under active investigation. Investigation is ongoing. No suspects in custody. The person of interest is cooperative with investigators and has provided useful information. He remains in the hospital for treatment and has been cited for smoking in a brush area. **At this time cause has NOT been determined**
LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT COMMITTMENT AND SUMMARY:
COMMAND: Los Angeles Fire Department, Griffith Park I.C.
COMMAND POST LOCATION: Parking Lot at The Greek Theatre, 2700 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
FIREFIGHTER STAGING: Parking Lot at The Greek Theatre, 2700 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
LAFD RESOURCES ASSIGNED:
21 Fire Companies
7 Command Teams
2 Rescue Ambulances
1 LAFD helicopter Mapping and surveying ONLY
TOTAL FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL:
120+ LAFD Firefighters, 10 LAPD officers and 20 Public Safety Officers.
1 Firefighter (heat exhaustion) transported to hospital and released.
MEDIA STAGING: Greek Theatre Parking Lot: North End of Parking Lot.
ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT: Captain Antoine McKnight, LAFD Public Information Officer
NEXT ANTICIPATED NEWS RELEASE: To be determined.
Animal services at Evacuation Center (Marshall High School)
This fire had a six (6) mile perimeter. Due to the heroic and tenacious efforts of firefighters there are no active flames to report at this time. Firefighters will remain vigilant through out the night patrolling the perimeters of the fire checking for HOT SPOTS and FLARES Ups.
As a reminder to all residents please maintain a 200 ft brush clearance from homes & structures, have a family evacuation plan with both primary and secondary escape routes, obey all no parking signs on Red Flag Days, limit use of campfires and be careful when handling combustible materials. Together we can accomplish our mutual goal of protecting ourselves and our loved ones from wildfires.
TUESDAY, May 8th, at 1:20 PM, a brush fire broke out near the Roosevelt Golf Course in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles. Arriving companies reported a 7-acre wind/topography driven fire in the steep and rugged hills of the park. The fire moved quickly through medium to heavy dry grass and brush. The fire quickly moving southeast and threatened over 300 homes in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Quick and aggressive structure protection by firefighters saved homes. Current numbers are that 817 acres have been burned, 1 structure received damage to its roof, 120 FF’s remain on scene, we are calling this fire 95% contained, 1 FF suffered heat related illness was transported to a local ER and was treated and released and one suffered a twisted knee. The Governor, Mayor, Fire Chief and other local Government official toured the sight and held a press conference.
CAUSE: UNDER INVESTIGATION
INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING. NO SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY. THE PERSON OF INTEREST IS COOPERATIVE WITH INVESTIGATORS. HE HAS PROVIDED USEFULL INFORMATION. AT THIS TIME WE ARE NOT PREPARED TO STATE WHETHER THE FIRE IS ACCIDENTAL OR ARSON. THE PERSON OF INTEREST IS STILL IN THE A LOCAL AREA HOSPITAL. HE HAS BEEN CITED FOR SMOKING IN A BRUSH AREA.
- DAMAGED LANDMARKS IN GRIFFITH PARK:
- DANTE’S VIEW- DESTROYED BY FIRE
- CAPTAIN’S ROOST- DESTROYED BY FIRE
- BIRD SANCTUARY- DAMAGED 10% BY FIRE
- GRIFFITH PARK NURSERY- 1 CITY VEHICLE LOST, SEVERAL RESTROOMS DESTROYED BY FIRE
- CEDAR GROVE- DAMAGED 20% BY FIRE
Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department