Fire breaks out in Elysian Park [updated]

A brush fire burned more than six acres in the heart of Elysian Park this afternoon before it was knocked down by firefighters.

The L.A. Fire Department deployed water dropping helicopters and about 100 firefighters to put out the blaze, which broke out at about noon below Angel’s Point  near Stadium Way and Academy Road. It took about an hour to extinguish the blaze. There were no reports of injuries or damage to structures.

Though the fire consumed only a fraction of the approximately 500-acre park, it was the largest blaze to hit Elysian Park, where hundreds of trees are dead and dying from drought and disease, in recent years.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Photo by Robin Blackman

Photo by Robin Blackman

Photo by Scott Fajack

Photo by Scott Fajack

Photo by Scott Fajack

Photo by Scott Fajack

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  1. Thanks Eastsider (and Scot for taking such great photos) for giving us important breaking news!

  2. Many thanks to the LAFD for taking it so seriously and knocking it down before any homes were lost.

  3. I’ll fourth that. But I will also add that Elysian Park is a disaster waiting to happen. LAFD and the parks Dept. need to do some major weed (and dead tree) abatement. I know there’s no dough but putting out a massive fire is gonna be a lot more expensive. Mark my words.

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