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80 Acres Of Brush Are Consumed Near Getty Center

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 |

On Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:44 PM, 67 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 2 Rehab Units, 3 Helicopters, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 2 Water Tenders, 3 Dozer Teams, 10 Brush patrols, 2 Rehab Tenders, along with the assistance of L.A.County Fire, Santa Monica Fire, Culver City Fire, Beverly Hills Fire under the direction of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire at 1200 Getty Center Brentwood.

Firefighters arrived to find a small column of smoke coming from the hills near the Getty Center Museum. Fire crews encountered several acres of burning brush with no structures immediately threatened. Although they experienced some difficulties due to the steep terrain as well as the over 40-50 year old dead/dense brush, they continued to attack the blaze utilizing all the resources on hand.

Additional resources were called in and strategically placed in a variety of locations throughout the area, in an attempt to control the perimeter of the fire.

Over 380 Firefighters were deployed over the course of three days before full control over the flames was achieved. 80 acres were consumed by this fire, however due to favorable weather conditions and an aggressive, well coordinated air and ground attack, they were able to declare full containment early on the third day.

Although this fire lasted three days, there was only one Firefighter who sustained a minor injury with no reported injuries to Civilians or animals. The cause of the blaze is reported to be accidental, attributed to a weed Abatement tool during an operation.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Great report.

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