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Fire breaks out on Elysian Park hillside [updated]

Photo by Karine Scott

Water-dropping helicopters were deployed to fight a small vegetation and brush fire that broke out in Elysian Park this afternoon on a steep hillside above the 5 Freeway.

The blaze, which began at about about 2 pm, had scorched approximately 5 acres, according to preliminary reports from the L.A. Fire Department. The blaze, located near Grand View and Park Row drives, appeared to have been brought under control but ground crews and water-dropping helicopters continued to focus on smoldering hot spots at about 3:30 pm.

The fire had crested the hill and scorched both sides of  Grand View Drive.

Update:
The fire was declared knocked down at 4:21 pm. More than 100 firefighters put out the blaze with the help of park rangers and the L.A. County Fire Department, said LAFD on Twitter. No injuries were reported or structures damaged.

LAFD helicopter dropping water on Elysian Park fire

Firefighter putting out hot spot in Elysian Park

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4 comments

  1. Thanks to all Firefighters and Park Rangers.

  2. Yeah Thanks. But i’ll say it again, the whole park is ready to go up in flames. There has been little to no brush removal in the park.

    • remove all those damn non native acacias. they are mostly dead and spreading like crazy!!

      so many dead non natives that need to be removed

      i could do it by myself with a chipper and 3 guys in 6 months

      what the hell is taking so long, its been years

      elysian park is a joke of non native dead garbage

      no more non native tree arboretums please!

  3. Fireworks.

    Anyone know what the penalty is for someone setting off a firework that
    starts a forest fire, or burns someone’s house down?

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