LAFD makes quick work of Highlands fire Tuesday afternoon
By Sam Catanzaro
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) made quick work extinguishing a brush fire that broke out above the Palisades Highlands Tuesday afternoon.
According to LAFD Captain II Erik Scott, the five-acre brush fire broke out around 2:16 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13 near 17793 Calle del Palmero in Pacific Palisades.
Firefighters from LAFD and Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hit the fire “hard and fast” and stopped the forward progress with containment at 75 percent in less than two hours.
“Hose lines were stretched up the trecherous terrain to surround the fire, while helicopters made water drops on the head of the fire and some spot fires that started from embers being cast ahead of the fire front,” the LAFD said. “This fire was driven by the topography. The steep grade lead to the uphill brush being preheated by the flames below, before being consumed by the fire’s footprint.”
As of 4:28 p.m., the forward progress of the fire had been stopped at approximately five acres.
“Fortunately, the fire conditions were favorable with 9 mph wind, 69% humidity, and 71 degree temperatures; and firefighters acted quickly by air and ground to keep this fire relatively small,” said Nicholas Prange of the LAFD.
According to the LAFD, ground crews conducted a thorough mop-up of the area, putting out hot spots. Fire personnel stayed on scene throughout the night to ensure no flare-ups escape the containment line.
There were no reported injuries during this incident and no evacuations were needed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.