GRIFFITH PARK—At 2:09 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a brush fire in Griffith Park. According to the LAFD, ground and air response was deployed in response to 2 acres of grass and light vegetation burning just northwest of the Griffith Observatory.
The LAFD’s website indicated that the fire was driven by topography and light wind, but that there is currently no specific structure threat identified. According to an update released at 3:56 p.m., police and park rangers evacuated the Griffith Observatory because of drifting smoke.
The brush fire never got closer than a quarter-mile from the Griffith Observatory. There were no reports of any injuries or structures threatened by the fire.
“A confirmed acreage update will be forthcoming: The cause of the fire remains under investigation. We join LAPD and Park Rangers in asking hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and motorists to avoid any urge to sightsee near the fire, and to avoid the immediate area of the blaze until firefighting operations are complete,” said Brian Humphrey, Spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department.