Mount Washington awakened by fire *

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Many Mount Washington residents are sleep deprived today after they were awakened early this morning by a small fire on the ground and a helicopter that hovered overhead. Michele Ryan snapped these photo from her home:

“I took some photos from our deck and attached them to this email.  The UFO looking thing is a helicopter! I was woken up around 1am by the sounds of the sirens from the fire trucks as well as the helicopters flying overhead.  It lasted until a little after 2am maybe.  Don’t know what started the fire, looks like it was confined to a ravine away from houses off of Mt Washington Drive.”

* Update: The fire burned about an acre of steep terrain in the 4100 block of Camino Real, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Devin Gale. The were no reports of injuries or damaged structures. Gale said he had no information about what caused the blaze.  Daily News wire services said fire dropping helicopters helped put out the blaze.


  1. Oh, that is scary. Thank God for the Fire Department!

  2. Thank God for a reliable water system provided by the DWP.

  3. This one and those to follow demonstrate a problem I have been working on for several years…Why does LA have brush fires in residential areas when LAFD has the MOST strigent brush clearance ordinances in the US and “supposedly” enforces them …180,000 parcel in severe fire area and 1000+ lots have to be cleared by LAFD contractors each year. Check out clearance in MtWash, CD2, CD5, and CD11, vs the others

    We had noted from Google Earth more than 100 parcels in Mt Washington area which have been uncleared for several years based on brush size/density and canopy coveage.

    I/we are exploring hammering the LAFD with non-enforcement or irregulatrly enforced brush clearance and perhaps placing liability for expenses and damages on anyone who has not cleared their lot and a fire starts on the lot…

    Remember we all pay and lose protection if fire engines respond to a brush fire rather than being available for a structure fire. Also there seems to be a preference pattern as to enforcement in poorer areas vs wealthier areas but when the LAFD reallocates engines during the summer fire seasons they put more resources where the bursh has NOT been cleared…because the higher valued structures are also there.

    Fire Tom

  4. absolutely right. we get notices and inspectors coming by my house all the time (enforcing clearance deadlines), while the city owned lot (actually a huuuge empty hill) hasn’t been cleared once since we moved into this house 10 years ago.

  5. Folks, there’s no question that the LAFD does enforce brush clearance, and does so vigorously. If you fail to clear your property, they will send a city contracted crew to do it for you, and at a significantly higher cost to you, plus a fine.

    Keep in mind that brush clearance regulations are to protect houses, not to clear-cut the landscape, and only apply within 200 feet of structures. Also, keep in mind that fire is part of nature, and much in nature benefits, even requires, the occasional fire. This is simply part of living on a hill in a natural fire zone.

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments civil and on topic and refrain from personal attacks. The moderator reserves the right to edit or delete any comments. The Eastsider's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy apply to comments submitted by readers. Required fields are marked *