Topanga Canyon News
Vegetation Fire In Topanga Canyon
By Jocelyn Holt
May 4, 2011 - 9:47:51 PM

Los Angeles Fire Department logo courtesy of LAFD website.
TOPANGA 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 scene.

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 an acre.

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 Scott said, “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:

  1. Trim grass to three inches or less
  2. Trim the bottom third of bushes and shrubs
  3. Keep a 5-foot vegetation-free perimeter from the roofline of a residence
  4. Around 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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