Los Angeles Wildfire Sends 5 Firefighters To Hospital

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 |

Firefighters Battle Foothill Wildfire. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...On Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11:29 AM, 33 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 4 LAFD Helicopters, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 202 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, joined by 4 Hand Crews, a Crew Supervisor and Helicopter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department as well as five Engine Companies, 1 Hand Crew, 2 Patrols, a Water Tender, Helicopter and Supervisor from the U.S. Forest Service, each under the Command of Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeffrey S. Mottram, responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire in Oliver Canyon, a Wildland Fire Mutual Threat Zone near Foothill Boulevard and Conover Place in the Los Angeles community of Sunland.

Firefighters from the three agencies converged quickly to find nearly three acres of volatile grass and brush burning in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains during a period of seasonally intense heat but little wind.

Firefighters Battle Foothill Wildfire. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...As water-dropping helicopters commenced a synchronized aerial assault at the head of the fire, ground based firefighters anchored the flames, working the flanks of the fire along the steep and at-times unstable terrain north of the Tujunga Wash.

Keeping the flames more than 100 yards from a handful of nearby homes, firefighters held the blaze to less than twenty acres of wilderness, extinguishing the flames in just 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Firefighters Battle Foothill Wildfire. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...During emergency fireground operations in rugged terrain, a total of five firefighters sustained non-life threatening injuries. The injured included two Los Angeles Firefighters, one suffering a severe ankle sprain, the other fracturing a bone in his lower leg. Also injured were three Hand Crew members supervised by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, including one who suffered multiple bee stings, and two others who fell ill due to heat exhaustion.

All five were taken to area hospitals by LAFD Rescue Ambulance, where they were treated and released to remain off-duty.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of this blaze remains under active investigation.

Submitted by Erik Scott & Brian Humphrey, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department


Mike P. said...

The bee sting victim was an LACoFD female inmate crew member.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mike P,

Thanks for the note. Our contact at LACoFD earlier identified their injured personnel as males.

We do appreciate your note, and though we can't offer specifics for employees of another agency (or mention incarceration status), we've taken your comment as an opportunity to remove any mention of gender, as it is largely immaterial to the fact they were injured.

Thanks for all you do to capture and share the LAFD in action. We appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment at our blog.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Tujunga Doug said...

I'd like to commend the Public Service Officers who offer quick updates on this blog to what is usually an ever changing situation. Also I appreciate the high quality photos that sometimes accompany the blog entries. The words and images make a great resource for residents to stay informed of what's happening in their neighborhood. Knowing that "there's a fire" is one thing, but knowing all the details provided here gives us clarity to the situation. Thanks to all involved...

Brenda Thornberg said...

I would like to express my thanks to the firefighters and air crew who as usual did an exceptional job in knocking out this fire before it got closer to our homes. Thank you, Thank you.
Brenda Thornberg

oceans777 said...

Thanks to all the utterly amazing firefighters
who participated and who never hesitate to
walk into hell to protect life and property.
In the four years we've been in Pasadena and now
Tujunga, I can't count the times we were sure a house
was gone only to see you guys make saving it
look easy. How you bear the heat is beyond us.

Always glad too see the helos fly right over us
mornings/nights on Wentworth.
Thank you!!!

SRK Herry said...

your blog is nice

Anonymous said...

I would just like to thank the LAFD for your amazing response to this fire. I got word, and by the time I got there to possibly evacuate horses, it was contained. Thank you for all your hard work!

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