Small fires in Debs Park & Highland Park under investigation

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L.A. Fire Department investigators are looking into about a half dozen small vegetation fires that broke out today in and around Debs Park near Montecito Heights as well as Sycamore Park in Highland Park.

L.A. Park Rangers called fire department investigators late this afternoon to talk to a person after a fire was reported near Figueroa and Avenue 49, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey. It’s not clear how or if that person was connected to the fires.

Most of the fires scorched small patches of grass and rubbish, with the first reported shortly before noon. Fires were reported near Griffin Avenue, Montecito Heights Avenue and the northbound 110 Freeway near Avenue 60. No injuries or property damage was reported.

The Audubon Center at Debs Park on its Facebook page thanked firefighters for putting out a fire in Debs Park and said that park rangers performed a safety patrol on horseback.

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  1. Highland park out of control

  2. Wake-and-smell-la-cafe

    But, NO part of Debs Park is IN Highland Park ?? Why the headline to the contrary and the “HP” -related reaction?

    HP exists ONLY to the WEST of the 110 Freeway (Arroyo Seco Parkway). This has been confirmed and re-confirmed repeatedly by City historic documents, original planning and tract maps, subdivision and annexation efforts, and even MOST recently by the lines drawn around HP by the “HISTORIC Highland Park Neighborhood Council” now 15+ years ago” It’s almost as if the City of L.A. just kept calling Santa Monica and Pasadena “Los Angeles” because they border it.

    DEBS is bordered (ONLY) by El Sereno/Rose Hill. Hermon and Montecito Heights. One must CROSS L.A.’s oldest Freeway from HP, in order to set one small footprint in Debs.

    Give it a rest, historic revisionists. HP and Debs Park are NOT connected — at least since 1939 when the Parkway was built. They are SEPARATED by nearly one-half mile and three-quarters of a century of Caltrans’ and Army engineers’ concrete creations.

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