"At first, it looked like a small brush fire. And there seemed to be almost unlimited manpower available to put it out. Both workers and foremen figured it would be batted out quickly."
...and so it was on the afternoon of October 3, 1933, when a fire erupted in the Mineral Wells Canyon area of Griffith Park.
Before it was controlled that night, it would prove to be the deadliest wildfire to firefighters in American history - killing 29 fire control workers and injuring more than 150 others.
It is a chapter of local history forgotten by most, but ready for you to experience via the on-line LAFD Historical Archive at:
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department