Three Acre Elysian Park Brush Fire Controlled Quickly

Saturday, May 03, 2008 |

On Friday, May 2, 2008 at 2:10 PM, 20 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Helicopters, 1 Brush Patrol, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Chief McCarthy responded to a Grass Fire at 400 N. Park Row Dr. in Elysian Park.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find approximately three-quarters of an acre of light to medium grass and brush burning. Additional Firefighters and aerial support were immediately requested in an effort to gain control of the fire. Fortunately light winds and favorable weather conditions assisted Firefighters in controlling the fire. It took over one hundred-twenty Firefighters on the ground, augmented by two water dropping helicopters to control the fire in under ninety minutes.

Firefighters were able to limit the spread of the fire to approximately three acres. There were no structures damaged in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Submitted by Ron Myers (for Diana Igawa), Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This would be best described as a fire in Elysian Park adjacent to Solano Canyon. Lincoln Heights is on the other side of the Los Angeles River.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:57,

Thanks for the note. You are indeed correct that Elysian Park is the most accurate identifier for the location of this fire.

Please never hesitate to offer such feedback when our entries may be in error.

I was fortunate to have Firefighter Igawa fill in for my vacancy that day with precious little notice, and she followed protocol (to the letter) by pulling a 'community identifier' name from a database that lists the nearest Fire Station neighborhood, which in this case has a *primary* response district of Lincoln Heights and Solano Canyon.

With more than 170 unique neighborhood identifiers in Los Angeles that can overlap Fire Station response districts, it is often incumbent on us to do a triple-check to make sure we have the most commonly agreed upon community name... and it is not always an easy task!

Thanks for bringing this errata to our attention. We will strive to pay closer attention to the correct name(s) for this community when fires occur in the future.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

I want to thank the fire fighters for stoping that fire. The fire was close to Solano Elementary School. I am glad that the fire never reached the school. I work there as an afterschool supervisor, and I had to tell children to call their parents for emergency evacuation. Thanks to fire fighters, the fire never got close. Good Job and keep up the good work! Cesar Fernandez

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mr. Fernandez,

We appreciate your kind feedback. Firefighters are keenly aware of the impact that such fires can have on children and schools - and therefore appreciate the work that you perform daily in helping them prepare for, respond to and recover from any multitude of events.

Whether a rainstorm, heat wave, criminal event or fire, we draw great comfort in knowing that the most vulnerable among us will have trusted adult to turn to when things are other than normal.

To that end, please rest assured that Police Officers and Firefighters will often reach out directly to schools when an evacuation is necessary, and often the very safest place for children to be is in school with caring staff like you.

Again, thanks for the kind words, they mean more than you know.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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