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Brush fire burns 30 acres in Griffith Park near L.A. Zoo [updated]

Smoke rising from Griffith Park as seen from Echo Park | Photo by Martin Cox

  • L.A. Zoo evacuated some animals. Zoo will be reopen Saturday
  • Fire has grew to about 30 acres; 60% contained
  • No reports of injuries or structure damage
  • No evacuations have been ordered

A brush fire burned about 30 acres of steep terrain in Griffith Park today, prompting the closure of the nearby L.A. Zoo and the evacuation of some animals.

The fire, which was initially reported before 8 a.m., was 60% contained by early afternoon, according to the L.A. Fire Department.  “Crews will continue to work through the night addressing all hot spots in the difficult terrain,” the L.A. Fire Department said in a statement.

Fire crews had to hike in to reach the fire, which was not accessible by fire engines. Water-dropping helicopters were deployed to fight the blaze, which sent thick clouds of smoke across the sky.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries. There were no reports of structure damage, said the LAFD.

The L.A. Zoo evacuated bird show animals as well as some smaller primates. Sprinkler were turned on and workers watered down nearby hillsides but fire never reached the zoo grounds, officials said.

Update @ 2:07 PM: The fire is now 60% contained and has now grown beyond 30 acres. “Crews will continue to work through the night addressing all hot spots in the difficult terrain,” said LAFD.

Update @ 11:25 AM: The fire is now 15% contained and remains at about 30 acres, says LAFD. One firefighter suffered a minor injury

Update @ 10:32 AM: LAFD says only 5% of the fire is contained but that its forward movement has been stopped. No evacuations orders have been issued.

Update @ 10:28 AM: L.A. Zoo has evacuated bird show animals as well as some smaller primates. The zoo will be closed today. Sprinkler have been turned on and workers have been watering down nearby hillsides.

Update @ 9:32 AM: The estimated size of the fire is now 30 acres in “very difficult terrain to navigate,” said LAFD. There have been no reports of injuries or damage to structures.

Update at 9:06 AM: The CHP has shut down the Riverside Drive exit from the eastbound 134 Freeway. A SigAlert has been declared.

Helicopter fills up on water at SIlver Lake Reservoir before flying off to Griffith Park fire | Photo by Scott Fajack

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