Multiple Agencies Battle A 60 Acre Blaze

Wednesday, August 05, 2009 |

On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM, 39 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 5 LAFD Helicopters,1 LA County Helicopter, 1 Dozer Team, 8 Brush Patrols, 2 La County Camp Crews,1 Rehab Tender,1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, Along with the assistance of LA County Fire , Burbank Fire, Pasadena Fire, Glendale Fire, and other allied agencies, under the direction of Battalion Chief Chris Logan,responded to a Major Emergency Brush Firejust above the West Bound 134 Fwy and Harvey Dr. in Eagle Rock.

In response to several spot fires, Firefighters arrived to find approximately 4 acres of light to medium brush burning uphill above the 134 Fwy. Do to the quantity of spot fires, dry brush and the wind fanning the flames in the south east direction, the fire steadily grew.

In an attempt to rapidly extinguish these flames, Firefighters utilized a joint effort with allied agencies to battle the blaze. Immediately Companies were strategically placed to commence controlling the perimeter of the main fire.
With the thought of protecting life and property, Incident Commanders ensured the appropriate resources were used and a well coordinated attack was implemented. Over 325 Firefighters made an aggressive ground and air assault, before full control and containment of the blaze was declared.

Over 60 acres were consumed by this fire with a potential threat to homes, however Fire Crews were able to stop the flames before reaching any structures. There were no reports of injuries to Civilians or Firefighters. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Marc said...

I was at Glendale high for a lacrosse game and the hill was probably like 2000 yards away from us. We could see water drops, dozers coming down the hill, crews going up and everything else...if i didnt have my lacrosse game, and if it wasnt my LAST game of the seasons, i would havce grabbed my brush gear and headed up there LAFD ROCKS!!!!!

~Explorer Capt. Marc Hurwitz

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