STANDARD MESSAGE FOR ALL WILDFIRES:
Any resident in the immediate path of a wildfire should calmly and safely evacuate with essential items, including household pets, and follow the lawful orders of uniformed officials.
Do not wait. The early self-evacuation of an endangered area is known to save lives and greatly enhances the ability of firefighters to protect homes - including yours!
FORMAL EVACUATION ORDERS:
(If issued - see below) Evacuation orders are site specific and normally coordinated by law enforcement. Evacuation orders may be issued door-to-door, via loudspeaker - or possibly by a telephone alert or news broadcast. Residents in high danger areas should remain vigilant for such contact and be prepared to take immediate action.
Those who may soon be endangered but are not in the immediate path of advancing flames, are encouraged to monitor local news. In the greater Los Angeles area, official information provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department is frequently carried live on the following news radio station(s):
We encourage every Los Angeles resident to find and 'save' news stations on their battery-powered portable and vehicle radios.
TIME OF INITIAL ALARM: 12:28 PM PDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012
LAFD INCIDENT# 698
INCIDENT NAME: Rustic Canyon Wildfire Incident
INITIAL RESPONSE ADDRESS: 3000 Rustic Canyon Ave, Los Angeles
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LONGITUDE/LATITUDE: 34.083703,-118.521978 (response address).
U.S. NATIONAL GRID: 11S LT 59580 72482 (response address).
CONDITIONS ON ARRIVAL: 5 Acres, Topography driven.
VEGETATION TYPE: Medium to Heavy Brush.
TERRAIN: Steep/Rugged, Mountains. Distant from Residential Structures.
CURRENT SIZE: A Formal Daylight GIS Survey on Sunday Morning Concluded the Burned Area to be Seven Acres of Very Steep Terrain.
CURRENT RATE-OF-SPREAD: None
CURRENT STATUS: Some Smoldering Areas/ No Active Flame; *100% containment*.
PERIMETER MAP: Not Yet Available.
CAUSE OF FIRE: Under Active Investigation.
WEATHER: As of 07:47 PM - 73°F (23°C) - Relative Humidity 79% - Clear Skies - Calm Wind, not presently a factor in local fire weather - Sunrise 6:38 AM.
HEALTH ADVISORIES: No formal air quality or public health advisories have been issued. Limiting or avoiding your exposure to smoke from wildfires is suggested. (map of current air quality)
CIVILIAN INJURIES: None
CIVILIAN DEATHS: None
STRUCTURES THREATENED: None
STRUCTURES DAMAGED: None
STRUCTURES DESTROYED: None
EVACUATION: None - Nearby residents are always encouraged to prepare for evacuation, monitor news radio and obey the verbal orders of uniformed public safety personnel. Leaving the effected area before a formal evacuation order is issued gives your family the best chance of survival and greatly helps firefighters.
TOTAL PERSONS/HOUSEHOLDS CURRENTLY DISPLACED: None
EVACUATION MAP: None
EVACUATION CENTER and HUMAN SHELTER: None
ANIMAL SHELTERS: None
ROAD CLOSURES/TRAFFIC ADVISORIES: Localized restriction in immediate area of Command Post only. Motorists should use due caution for fire related traffic and emergency personnel in the area. If choosing or directed to evacuate, select the safest route and obey uniformed public safety officials.
SPECIAL HAZARDS/CONCERNS: 60+ (unk affiliation) campers and staff will remain safely sheltered in place at Camp Josepho overnight. They are 2+ miles from fire and not in peril.
HOSPITAL CLOSURES: None
SCHOOL CLOSURES: None
DISASTER HUMAN SERVICES AND SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANCE:
- City of L.A. Department of Animal Services: (888) 452-7381
- The Humane Society offers animal disaster preparedness and pet-friendly hotel information.
VOLUNTEERS: There is NO identified need for spontaneous volunteers to support Fire Department operations at this time.
- Twitter Alerts: @LAFD
- Twitter Conversation: @LAFDTalk
- Hashtag: #RusticCanyonFire
- Facebook: facebook.com/LosAngelesFireDepartment
- Photo Tags: "LAFD" and "Rustic Canyon Fire"
- Los Angeles City Hall including all City Departments: 3-1-1 or (213) 473-3231.
- Los Angeles County Administration, including all County Departments: (213) 974-1234.
- State of California Offices, including all State Agencies: (800) 807-6755.
- U.S. Government Offices, including all Federal Agencies: (800) 333-4636.
~~~~~ LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT COMMITMENT AND SUMMARY:
INCIDENT COMMANDER: Los Angeles Fire Department, Battalion Chief Schultz
COMMAND POST LOCATION: 1500 Capri Drive
LAFD RADIO FREQUENCIES IN USE: 7 & Tac 5 (listen now)
FIREFIGHTER STAGING: Discontinued
LAFD RESOURCES CURRENTLY ASSIGNED: BC9 BP35 E2 RA6 WT77
ALLIED FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDERS: Roster Pending
COOPERATING AGENCIES: Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, American Red Cross, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
LAFD AIR OPERATIONS: As Needed (Minimal). A few drops made made today on small flare-ups.
TOTAL FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL AT PEAK: 200
FIREFIGHTER INJURIES: Four LAFD Firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries during initial fire-attack. They were treated and transported to local hospitals and have since been released.
ON-SITE MEDIA CONTACT: Schedule with LAFD Media Desk 213.485.5162
MESSAGE: "Due to the hard work and amazing job of all firefighters and allied agencies, we now have 100% containment. We will maintain an overnight presence to ensure no flare-ups." stated LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.
SAFETY MESSAGE: Los Angeles Firefighters encourage local residents to maintain a minimum 200 foot brush clearance from any structure, and to remove flammable items from around their homes. Have a family communication plan and an evacuation plan with primary and secondary escape routes. An early evacuation could save your life. Obey all no parking signs, limit use of campfires or spark producing equipment and be careful when handling combustible materials. Together we can accomplish our mutual goal of protecting ourselves and our loved ones from wildfire.
NEXT ANTICIPATED LAFD NEWS RELEASE: Monday Mid-Morning, September 17, 2012.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey & Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department