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Sunday, April 21, 2013

LAFD: 4 acres along 405 freeway 100%

VAN NUYS - Los Angeles firefighters quickly surrounded a four-acre brush fire that forced the closure of all southbound lanes on the 405 Freeway near Victory Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.
On April 20, 2013, multiple commuters contacted 9-1-1 around 2:45 p.m., alerting firefighters of a 1/2 acre grass fire just south of Victory Boulevard near Haskell Avenue, west of the southbound 405 freeway. Pushed along by a nine mph breeze, flames began spreading into nearby dry brush and trees. Additional firefighters and water dropping helicopters were immediately requested.

A total of 75 hard working firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Trevor Richmond, battled through steep terrain in 91 degree heat and 11% humidity, fully containing the flames to four acres by 4:30 p.m.

Fortunately there were no structures threatened, however an additional concern was a nearby homeless encampment, which firefighters thoroughly searched, ensuring no one was in danger. The encampment proved to be empty and no one was injured.

Firefighters, including members of LAFD Crew 3, remained on scene for over four hours ensuring no hot spots reignited.

The flames temporarily shut down all south lanes of the 405 at Victory Boulevard, the Roscoe Boulevard on-ramp and the Victory off-ramp. A SigAlert was declared by the CHP at 3:17 p.m. As soon as safely possible CHP progressively opened lanes until the SigAlert was cancelled at 6:27 p.m.

Dispatched Units: E288 T88 E39 E290 T90 BC10 E100 E88 WT88 E83 DC3 CW3A BP83 RA100 E13 E81 E102 EM17 BC14 H5 H1 BC12 E61 E7 E93 H5

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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