Fire breaks out in El Sereno [updated]

Photo by Haiyen Sawyers

Photo by Haiyen Sawyers

EL SERENO – A fire consumed more than three acres of vegetation near the El Sereno Recreation Center this afternoon, according to preliminary information. Firefighters rescued members of a homeless camp that was threatened by the flames, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

No structures were reported to be threatened by the fire that broke out behind the baseball fields near the recreation center, according to initial reports.

Update @ 5:34 p.m.:  The estimated size of the burn area has been revised to 3.4 acres. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Update @ 5:07 pm: The LAFD declared the fire knocked down at 4:51 p.m. The estimated size of the burn area was reduced to about 2 acres.  Helicopters will continue water drops in the area.


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  1. “Homeless encampment”, anyone want to guess how the fire was started?

  2. Holy crap! Nice picture. And great job, LAFD!

  3. John Q nailed, headline should read “Homeless drug addicts almost burn down park”

    Just try getting the police or park rangers to remove the camps. They are useless. Sadly it will soon result in Debs Park is going to go up in flames.

  4. Another possible source of this fire could have been illegal fireworks, (like M-80’s) that have been set off in and around this area over the last few weeks. No only is this a terrible disturbance of an otherwise quiet area, it is also an extreme fire hazard. Hopefully law enforcement will be vigilant around these open areas of dry vegetation.

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