BRUSH FIRE

On Sunday, October 22, 2000, at 1413 hours (2:13 p.m.), forty companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Division Command Team, eight Battalion Command Teams, six LAFD Helicopters, two LAFD Rescue Ambulances, units from LA County Fire Department (one Helitanker, two Super Scoopers, five Engines, one Dozer Team, two Helicopters, seven Camp Crews, one water tender), and Firefighters from Angeles National Forest, under the direction of Deputy Department Commander Dennis Keene, responded to a Major emergency Brush Fire, near 11558 N. Jeff Avenue, in the Lake View Terrace area. First Los Angeles Fire units on the scene reported approximately ten acres of brush burning fanned by winds up to thirty-five miles per hours, and threatening approximately twenty homes in the immediate area. Los Angeles Fire Department coordinating all fire resources, immediately initiated structural protection for homes threatened by the advancing fire. As the multi-agency fire teams attacked the wind driven brush fire from the ground with handlines, precision aerial water drops by the Super Scooper, Helitanker, and Helicopters, assisted in extinguishing the fire in one hour and thirty-two minutes. The fire was confined to approximately sixty acres of brush and no structures were damaged. During fire fighting operations, one Los Angeles Firefighter suffered a strained back and was transported Holy Cross Hospital in good condition and no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is listed as under investigation.