Vegetation Fire In Topanga Canyon
Posted by Jocelyn Holt on May 4, 2011 - 9:47:51 PM
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CANYON—On May 3, there
was a vegetation fire at the 4400 block of north Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The fire department received the 9-1-1 call at 4:48 p.m. and shortly thereafter appeared on the
There were 20 firefighters present at the location. It took them
12 minutes to extinguish the fire, which was considered small and burned less than half
There were no reported injuries or damaged structures.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation and
there are no further details.
Vegetation fires can spread very quickly with the help of
dry brush and wind. In an interview with Canyon News, Public Information
Officer Erik Scottsaid, “Brush
clearance will provide the defensible space for firefighters to do their job.”
There are five tips to brush clearance, which can help
reduce vegetation fires:
grass to three inches or less
the bottom third of bushes and shrubs
Keep a 5-foot vegetation-free perimeter from the roofline of a residence
chimneys, leave a 10-foot zone free from vegetation
Using these simple tips, residents can reduce the spread of
fire. Erik Scott further said, “If a citizen maintains the proper brush
clearance, they have a much better chance of their house being saved.”
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