Griffith Park Fire…

Crews knock down Griffith Park fire

 

The hillside blaze east of the L.A. Zoo burned 15 acres and prompted some evacuations. About 200 firefighters put the blaze out in three hours. No injuries were reported.

 

By Stuart Pfeifer
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 27, 2008

 

A hillside wildfire broke out in Griffith Park this afternoon, prompting a massive response by firefighters trying to contain the blaze before it hit landmarks or a bird sanctuary.

 

The Los Angeles Fire Department declared the fire knocked down about 3:40 p.m., saying it burned 15 acres of heavy brush but caused no damage or injuries.

 

The fire was burning an area east of the zoo and Travel Town area, said Ron Myers, a Fire Department spokesman. Officials have shut down some entrances to the park and said evacuations are possible if the fire grows.

 

There was particular concern about a California condor breeding ground that is located near the area where the fire was burning.

 

About 200 firefighters were involved in controlling the blaze, which was first reported at 12:42 p.m., Myers said. The Fire Department was also using water-dropping helicopters.

 

The fire could be seen from parts of the San Fernando Valley and the 134 Freeway, which runs along the northern edge of the park.

 

Today’s fire comes 14 months after a wind-whipped wildfire consumed 1,200 acres in the park and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents in Los Feliz.

 

stuart.pfeifer@latimes.com

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