Fire breaks out on Elysian Park hilltop [updated]

Fire burning in Elysian Park

Photo by Oscar Messner-Roel

Firefighters have been deployed tonight to knockdown the most recent fire to strike Elysian Park within the past two weeks.

Tonight’s fire was reported at about 8 pm near Grand View Drive atop a steep hill that rises above the southbound 5 Freeway. Firefighters on the ground and water-dropping aircraft have responded to the fire, which was burning uphill and had consumed about a half-acre of grass, the L.A. Fire Department said on Twitter.

The fire is the fifth reported so far since June 30 in the park. Tonight’s fire is burning near the location of a previou blaze.

Smoke from the fire was visible across the river in Cypress Park, Mount Washington and other parts of Northeast L.A.

Update @ 8:59 PM: The fire was knocked down in about 50 minutes after it burned about 2 acres, the LAFD said. The fire consisted of three separate blazes that burned near each other. No injuries were reported and no structures were ever threatened. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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  1. Who’s starting all these fires? Who is responsible for Elysian Park?

    • The homeless/transient population is likely responsible for most of, if not all fires. They’re all breaking out on the hillsides where there are some camps.

    • It’s probably rich hipsters – they cause ALL the problems (==as I lean over and a take a big sniff of my own fat==).

  2. What could be the cause of this rash of fires? Obviously, it cant be the massive, mentally unstable crack head population that lives in really dry terrain smoking rocks and cooking on open flames. The city needs to drag these bums out of the hills immediately before they burn the god damn city to the ground

    • You are so heartless and judgmental – it’s your fault because you are, well, it’s just your fault!

      • Blah blah blah… Enough coddling these bums. They are literally burning down the park and you’re worried about their feelings. As if living in a tent, shitting in the woods and scavenging is something to hold on to

  3. There’s been no word from the city as to the cause of the recent fires in Echo Park. From today’s Patch article:

    “It’s the fourth set of fires in Elysian Park since last week. However, Los Angeles Fire Department officials will not say if arson is suspected in any of the blazes.

    “As for Tuesday’s blaze, ‘It is under active investigation,’ said Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. ‘We do not have a cause determined.'”


    With this housing crisis’ skyrocketing rents, many Angelenos are just a hair’s breadth away from homelessness. While homeless encampments may of course be a possible source for the fires, I would hope that The Eastsider would reflect on its own Terms of Service, and not allow its comments section to be a forum for hate, particularly against marginalized groups such as the homeless and mentally ill, and with unsubstantiated allegations to boot.

  4. Based on the frequency of the occurrences, I can’t help but think that there’s some funny business going on here. I keep thinking back to several years ago when everyone kept blaming the brush fires on the dry weather and it turned out that all of it was started by some crazy arsonist.

  5. Years ago, there was an arsonist in Elysian Park. It got really close to homes with that one. As I recall, they finally caught him. One afternoon my dog was going crazy barking, I walked out to find 2 LAPD officers at my gate asking if I’d seen someone run into my yard or neighbor’s yard (I hadn’t, but my dog had barked at someone earlier). They were looking for the arsonist, thinking they had chased him up our way. Scary, scary, scary.

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