Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Silver Lake fire knocked down after burning several acres [updated @ 5:51 p.m.]

Fire viewed from Elysian Heights | Lawrence Purcell

Fire viewed from Elysian Heights | Lawrence Purcell

SILVER LAKE –– Residents fled their hillside homes and the 2 Freeway was shut down this afternoon after a fire in the 2200 block of Allesandro Way spread to brush and grass, destroying three structures, damaging two homes and coming dangerously close to many other residences.

The fire was reported knocked down at 2:45 p.m. after consuming nearly 8 acres, according to the L.A. Fire Department. Initial LAFD reports said that one house had burned but it was later determined that two homes on Corralitas Drive had sustained some damage and three out-buildings or sheds were destroyed on Lake View Avenue. At one point 20 homes were threatened by the flames on Corralitas Drive, Lake View Avenue and Silver Ridge Avenue.

There were no formal evacuations, according to the LAFD. But Diane Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Property blog said that residents left their homes on Corralitas, Lake View, Silver Ridge and other streets. Edwardson, after seeing a thick wall of smoke, went out to warn neighbors. “I was running down the street knocking on neighbors’ doors.”

It took nearly 200 firefighters, assisted by water-dropping helicopters, 44 minutes to put out the fire, according to the LAFD. Firefighters were seen running up public stairways to gain access to fire, which burned in an area where homes are located on narrow winding streets amid trees and shrubbery as well as dry grass and brush. 

Fire spread to the brush and trees next to and between traffic lanes on the 2 Freeway near the 5 Freeway. Residents were using garden hoses to put out flames next to the freeway. Some motorists, faced with with thick smoke that blocked traffic lanes, turned around and drove in the wrong direction on the freeway.  An L.A. County Fire Department helicopter even landed on the freeway to transport firefighters to the scene

Residents said that nearby Riverside Drive and other streets had been blocked, preventing them from getting home.

No word on what caused the fire. 

Update @ 3:02 p.m.: LAFD reports the fire has been knocked down. No homes were on fire, according to the most recent report, but two nonresidential buildings burned.

Update @ 2:51 p.m.:  Fox11/City News Service is reporting that at least three homes were on fire.

Update @ 2:41 p.m.: A Sigalert has been declared as the CHP has blocked some onramps to the northbound and southbound 2 Freeway.

Update @ 2:26 pm: LAFD said 150 firefighters plus water dropping choppers are trying to keep the fire west Silver Ridge Av, E of Corralitas Dr.

Update @ 1:58 pm: It appears that the southbound 2 Freeway is closed said Mekhahlo Medina


A photo by Matt Hartman shows that some of the brush alongside the 2 Freeway is also on fire.

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  1. Update #BrushFire; 2:45PM; 2299 Allesandro Way; #SilverLakeFire; 5 acres of medium to heavy brush burned. 2 nonresidential structures (sheds?) burned. No homes burned however at least 5 homes were threatened near Lake View Av and Silver Ridge Av, which firefighters protected. KNOCKDOWN: Approx 150 LAFD firefighters + LACoFD & GlendaleFD = 100% containment. No formal evacuations. The 2 freeway is shut down in both directions. Firefighters will remain on scene mopping hot-spots, NFD; FS 56; Batt 5; #WestBureau; Council District 4; Erik Scott

  2. Thank you, Firefighters.

  3. Watched this from the top of Fellowship Parkway. The brave men and women of the different fire departments did a fantastic job responding and we should all feel lucky to have them. Thank you LAFD,

  4. Can’t believe the idiot(s) with the fireworks this evening (11 pm) @ Allesandro & Whitmore. How stupid can you be?!?!

  5. And, as Diane Edwardson (of the Corralitas Red Car Property blog) reports on her twitter, there had been NO brush clearance done on the Red Car property or near the freeway. And the hillside is covered with dead eucalyptus trees.

    Come on LAFD!

  6. “Thank you’s” go to all fire companies who responded and those residents who stepped up to the plate with shovels, garden hoses, etc… to assist.
    And a real loud “Thank Goodness” for L.A County Fire’s smaller yellow and white water airship. It was able to navigate and use water from the smaller Ivanhoe Reservoir, since the larger Silver Lake Reservoir remains empty. The larger airships had to travel back and forth from Lake Hollywood and other reservoirs to fill and dump on the fire. The added distance negatively impacted the time it took to fight the brush fire.
    For those who believe the reservoir should be “re-purposed”, (that includes you Councilman O’Farrell”), you’d think twice if your home was threatened. It’s an issue of public safety that the reservoir is refilled. Stop the BS. Refill Silver Lake Now!!!!

    • AMEN @Mg!!! Stop this nonsense talk of the reservoir being anything else!

    • Was wondering where they were refilling while I was watching.

      It was a spectacular coordination effort — one thing I thought was particularly interesting was the white and yellow airship frequently lowered elevation to right above the fire in what I can only imagine was an attempt to fan the flames to get it to burn through the fuel faster and go out. Mostly with the fire in the center median.

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