HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished a brush fire on Wednesday, April 10 at 3434 North Blair Drive near Universal Studios Hollywood.
The fire was reported at 4:56 p.m. with 62 firefighters able to extinguish the active fire within 13 minutes Public Information Officer Nicholas Spring told Canyon News
Los Angeles Fire Department air and ground response arrived at a 50 feet diameter area where grass was burning near resident’s home.
Wires were located in the grass and one or more trees toppled in the nearby roadway challenged officers.
“Those living near flammable vegetation should remain vigilant to the possibility of brush or structure fires, and report nearby smoke and flames immediately by calling 9-1-1,” said LAFD Spokesperson Nicholas Prange in a news release. “If you encounter downed wires, assume them to be energized and potentially lethal. Be careful that such wires haven’t electrically charged puddles of water, chain link fences or other conductive sources and report them to authorities.”
The specific cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it was not treated as arson Officer Spring told Canyon News.
“Light winds for any fire can complicate things,” said Officer Spring. Gusts of wind topped 40 mph throughout the day across the Valley. Winds were around 17 mph in the area at the time of the incident.
High winds were first reported on April 9 and picked up in the afternoon during the brush fire causing additional power outages in some areas of the city, noted the Los Angeles Water & Power in a news release. The areas most affected by the outages were portions of South LA, Exposition Park, Harvard Heights, Canoga Park, Mission Hills, Silver Lake, Mar Vista and Wilmington. Customers were advised earlier this week to expect to be without power for between 12 to 24 hours.