15 Acres Burns Near The Getty Center

Sunday, September 05, 2010 |

On Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 5:01 PM, 50 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 5 Helicopters, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Water Tender, 1 Rehab Plug, 4 LACO Camp Crews under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a MAJOR EMERGENCY BRUSH FIRE at NB 405 FWY at Getty Center Dr. in Brentwood.


Los Angeles Firefighters, arrived at yet another brush fire this season, along the hills near The Getty Center. Due to the already state of readiness and enhanced staffing for critical fire weather conditions, arriving crews discovered five acres of medium to heavy brush burning uphill adjacent to the 405 freeway. LAFD along with California Highway Patrol, secured the rightmost lanes of the busy freeway to begin anchoring the flames and working the flanks of the fire. The blaze moved towards a high ridge near homes below just on the other side.
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Despite the calm winds, and with no 'Red Flag Warning' in effect for the City of Los Angeles, the flames still moved rapidly through the light and flashy fuels towards thicker brush. LAFD water dropping helicopters were quickly called into action and halted the advancement of the flames unreachable by ground crews. Additional fire personnel were strategically placed near homes to be safe guarded in case the fire reached any structures.

Due to the hard work and efforts of the helicopters above and the ground crews below, the fire was held to little less than 15 acres. It took over 275 firefighters 2 hours’ and 10 minutes to bring the flames under full containment. No structures were damaged during the incident and no evacuation went onto affect. The cause of the fire remains under an active investigation.


Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

6 comments:

Jonathan Alcorn said...

Great work as always by the LAFD

Anonymous said...

Once again, thank you for all you do!

Anonymous said...

Was the LAFD Handcrew involved in this Brush Fire? I saw they were involved in a fire a few months ago in the Sepulveda Pass.

Mark said...

Devin, Brian and All LAFD Personnel,

Just saw this fire on the local news up here in Portland. Great job!

Stay safe!

Mark,
Portland, OR

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Jonathan Alcorn, Anonymous 1:00

Thank you for your kind words of confidence. They mean more than you know.

Mark,

Those who were on-duty, including my colleague Devin Gales may be considered worthy of your praise. I was (and am now) off-duty, and cannot pretend to have labored as exhaustively as those on this incident.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 2:00,

Thanks for the note. None of the photos provided to us displayed the presence of LAFD Crew 3, which is quite often but not always available to be dispatched to such incidents.

I was off-duty the day of the fire, but will seek Chief Arbuthnott to determine the crew's presence and actions.

We welcome you to establish contact and learn more about the hard-working members of LAFD Crew 3 by visiting their website:

lafdcrew3.org

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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