MAJOR EMERGENCY BRUSH FIRE

On Thursday, January 6, 2000, at 1144 hours, twenty-three companies of Firefighters, one Rescue Ambulance and four Helicopters from the Los Angeles Fire Department and five Camp Crews, one Engine, three Supervisors and one Battalion Chief from the Los Angeles County Fire Department all under the command of Assistant Chief W. W. Bisson responded to a major emergency brush fire in the vicinity of the westbound 118 Freeway east of Tampa Avenue. First units on scene reported two separate fires burning in grass on the north side of the freeway. High winds spread the fires to areas on the south side of the freeway near Wilbur Avenue. Firefighters using handlines and aided by helicopter water drops confined the fires to approximately four acres of grass, light brush and shrubbery and extinguished the fires in fifty-six minutes. No injuries were reported. A wood shake roof at 19107 Ludlow Street sustained minor damage from burning airborne materials. The cause has been determined to be a backfiring trash truck that was westbound on the freeway. Loss to the wood shake roof was estimated to be $1000.