Firework Sparked Blaze Scorches Ten Acres in Sun Valley

Monday, September 05, 2011 |

LAFD and Allied Agencies Hold Sun Valley Wildfire to Ten Acres. © Photo by Rick McClureSUN VALLEY - Los Angeles area firefighters responded by ground and air to protect homes from damage, as a fast moving wildfire scorched nearly ten acres of a Sun Valley hillside on Labor Day.

On Monday, September 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a brush fire near 8576 Vine Valley Drive in Sun Valley.

With smoke visible more than six miles distant, allied agencies, including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Burbank Fire Department and firefighters from the Angeles National Forest, soon joined the battle in an area considered a mutual threat zone.

LAFD and Allied Agencies Hold Sun Valley Wildfire to Ten Acres. © Photo by Rick McClureTwo water-dropping LAFD helicopters and an Erickson Air-Crane helitanker on seasonal deployment to the City of Los Angeles, were able to flank the flames with great precision, as ground crews - including 147 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, worked to stretch hoselines and battle flames across the rolling terrain.

Despite the fire being confined within two hours to less ten acres, the tinder-dry brush could not be declared fully extinguished for nearly eight hours, as hand crews worked the entire edge of the fire with hand tools to assure the fire was out.

Los Angeles Fire Department investigators suspect the non-injury blaze in the Verdugo Mountains was sparked by children playing illegally with fireworks.

Dispatched LAFD Units: E89 T89 E24 T60 E60 E260 E298 E98 T98 H0D H0E BC14 BC12 E76 H3 H4 RA90 E7 E90 E77 E81 E86 E102 E39 DC3 EM15 BC10 E239 T39 E275 T75 E91 E41 E278 T78 H733 BP109 WT77 BP44 AR2 RA70 RT59 E10 E11 E63 E39 E88 DC2 BC14


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

Thank you LAFD and others helping with the Sun Valley fire!

I hope you can find and charge the culprits, or their parents for some of the cost involved. Fireworks up in those dry hills on a 90+ degree day... Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the response keeping our homes safe.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful work knocking down this fire so quickly. Thanks from those of us in LaTuna Canyon and the many surrounding residences.

Jacquie B said...

Thank you firefighters for the quick and precise work. It was spreading so fast but you were right on it! Those of us in the neighborhood are truly grateful!

Michael M said...

Thank you so much for your quick response and work to protect all of our homes. I, along with everyone else, truly appreciate your efforts to put out the fire quickly!

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