October 25, 2014

Palisades Fire Doused in Record Time

 

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA—More than 250 firefighters from multiple agencies responded by ground and air on Sunday, May 4, to battle a swift-moving brush fire in the Santa Monica Mountains that briefly threatened homes.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER 2014

Palisades Fire Doused in Record Time

Ground crews battled a brush fire in dry chaparral in the Palisades Highlands on May 4.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 12:28 p.m. to the 17100 block of Avenida de Santa Ynez in the Palisades Highlands, where they discovered fire burning intensely in thick vegetation northeast of that location.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman Brian Humphrey, a relentless and well-coordinated air and ground assault by LAFD and allied agencies confined the fire to less than five acres in rugged terrain, extinguishing flames in 4 hours and 19 minutes. Several distant homes were spared from damage and no injuries were reported. There was no need for a formal evacuation and firefighters remained at the site overnight to check for hot spots and flare-ups.

PHOTO BY ANTHONY VEREBES MESSENGER 2014

Palisades Fire Doused in Record Time

A Firehawk helicopter doused the flames before they could spread.

“Firefighters were quick to credit prompt calls to 9-1-1, as well as local homeowners’ compliance with strict LAFD brush clearance standards, as key factors in their success,” Humphrey said.

The cause of the fire remains under active investigation.