Fire crews and water-dropping helicopters were kept busy this afternoon by two separate fires that broke out in Elysian Park, prompting officials to evacuate some hikers and other visitors.
Both fires were relatively small but they broke out as dry brush has yet to be cleared away from many sections of the sprawling park, and countless dead and dying trees litter the landscape.
The first fire broke out at about 12:30 pm in the eastern section of the park near Park Row Drive. It took more than 100 firefighters about 90 minutes to put out the blaze that blackened 1.25 acres, the L.A. Fire Department said on Twitter. There were no reports of injuries or damage to structures.
A second blaze began shortly after the first was brought under control. That fire, located about a mile away from the first blaze, was extinguished in only 10 minutes, according to the LAFD. Less than one-third of an acre burned near Angels Point and Academy roads.
It’s not clear whether the fires were connected, according to an LAFD update. The cause remains unknown.
Today’s fires come nearly a week after a grass and brush fire burned about 5 acres in the park on a steep hillside above the 5 Freeway.
The Eastsider has contacted the Recreation and Parks Department for an update about brush clearance in the park.
— Jaime Lopez (@jayfunkula) July 6, 2017
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