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Scorched Earth: Aftermath of Lincoln Heights fire

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Photo by Angela Whiting

LINCOLN HEIGHTS –The flames have been put out, the fire trucks are gone and the water-dropping helicopters have flown away. What is left to remind residents of Thursday afternoon’s blaze on Paradise Hill is a scorched, 7.5-acre section of steep hillside.  Angela Whiting, who took photos of the hill after the fire was put out, describes the burn area as a “moonscape” of blackened trees, grass, beer bottles and other debris.  She describes what happened via email:

“The fire was directly above us and yes, we saw it burning. Gnarly and momentarily totally panic inducing. But as I said, LAFD sent in the cavalry, 2 water dropping helicopters, 75 guys digging fire breaks, hoses up the hill from the intersection of Flora and Sierra St. They were also working down from the top of the hill, at the peak, on Paradise Rd …. LAFD did a great job.”

The fire burned near homes but no damage or injuries were reported, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

Photo by Angela Whiting

Photo by Angela Whiting

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Photo by Angela Whiting

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Photo by Angela Whiting

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5 comments

  1. The men and women of LAFD thank you as always, for timely, in-depth and always objective coverage of Los Angeles Fire Department endeavors.

    • We in Echo Park and surrounds are very fortunate in having The Eastsider covering news that is frequently ignored by papers such as the LAT. Jesus Sanchez, the Editor, is open to tips and story ideas.

      It was good of Firefighter and Paramedic Humphries to post his comment. Thanks to all firefighters for your expertise, experience and dedication to protecting us.

  2. Has a reason for fire been established? Nice photos by Angela Whiting.

  3. After more research I found that although he has a long history as a firefighter, Mr. Humphries has been the Public Information Officer for LAFD for years.

    I would like to contact PIO Humphries by email but have not been able to find an address. I prefer not to try and contact by phone as my voice is weak from illness and conversation can be awkward. I would also like to ask Mr. Humphries to please read through the Comments associated with a 4th of July fireworks story here on Eastsider:

    https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2016/07/4th-of-july-fire-breaks-out-in-l-a-river/

    Perhaps he could help those of us who are trying to reach the correct persons in relation to stopping illegal fireworks from being ignored here in Echo Park and other neighborhoods before, during, and after the 4th.

    Thank you

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