Archive: Fires

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Cory Iverson, 32, California firefighter dies on Thomas Fire

cory-iversons.jpg "The world stood still today for my sweet husband," his wife posted after a solemn procession Sunday drew crowds along several SoCal freeways. "He is home."

Biggest Los Angeles brush fire was actually in 1938. And more.

veep-dreyfus-hbo.jpg Bullet points: Manson follower not paroled. Veep to end. Tyrus Wong documentary. Midweek media notes. Much more.

Biggest maybe, but not close to the worst LA brush fire

latuna-fire-lacty.jpg This weekend's fire in Los Angeles isn't even the worst La Tuna Canyon fire in recent times.

Sand Fire grows overnight to 35,000 acres

sand-fire-at-35000.jpg As of last night, officials had found one body burned to death in a car and counted 18 structures destroyed.

Fire evacuations in Calabasas. Channels 4 and 7 on live

kabc-fire-grab.jpg A brush fire started by a car accident this afternoon is burning right up to homes in Calabasas, close to the area of Old Topanga Road and Mulholland Highway.

Auto junk yard burns Sunday in the Valley

Pick-your-arts-fire-lafd-Rick-McClure.jpg Afternoon fire at Pick Your Part required 150 firefighters to knock down.

Bad, bad night in Middletown (video)

anderson-springs-grab1.jpg Hundreds of homes were lost on Saturday night. For generations of hot springs soakers and New Age followers, there is more bad news.
courtney-friel-grab.jpg KTLA's Courtney Friel was covering the afternoon's brush fire in the Inland Empire foothills on Wednesday when a shirtless man carrying a dog asked her for a date.

Glendora fire still active overnight, at 1700 acres

colby-fire-space-nasa.jpg Firefighters in and around Glendora stayed on the line tonight to fight the fire that began about 6 a.m. Thursday near homes in the San Gabriel Mountains foothills.

High-rise fire at Brentwood Plaza

brentwood-plaza-fire-grab.jpg The LAFD sent a massive presence to a fire that broke out this morning on the 11th floor of the Brentwood Plaza residential tower at Wilshire Boulevard and Barrington Avenue.

Tioga Road fully reopened across the Sierra

tenaya-lake-airstream-lao.jpg For the first time since the Rim fire was at its peak, travelers can drive between the Eastern Sierra and the heart of Yosemite National Park.

Rim fire now 60 percent contained, plus more fire facts *

thanks-firefighters-sign-lao.jpg Here's the latest fact sheet from the incident command post, posted about 20 minutes ago.

Unusual Rim fire time lapse from Yosemite National Park

The National Park Service posted this time lapse of the Rim fire as observed from the Crane Flate helicopter base and looking north from Glacier Point.

End in sight for expansion of the Rim fire

yosemite-overlook-fire-lahti.jpg The burn area now covers 301 square miles, but the spread is slowing and officials predict full containment by Sept. 10. Closures continue within Yosemite National Park.

Rim fire to close Tioga Road through holiday weekend

rim-fire-space-nasa-82613.jpg You won't be able to go between the Eastern Sierra and Yosemite Valley starting at noon Wednesday. Fire suppression efforts will be going on along the high country road. The fire has now burned across 184,481 acres.

Yosemite's giant sequoias will be all right, expert says

giant-sequoia-and-researchers-ng.jpg The Rim fire in and around the west side of Yosemite National Park jumped Monday to 160,980 charred acres, with new evacuations outside the park. But firefighters were able to declare 20% containment.
county-fd-motorcycle.jpg It is what the headline says it is. County fire used to use motorcycles to get around.

Rim Fire a feature of California landscape

rim-fire-nasa-82213.jpg Anyone making the flights up and down California this morning could not fail to be impressed and awed by the monster smoke cloud being sent up over the Sierra from the Rim Fire. Check out the view inside.

Current fire conditions in Yosemite: Pretty clear *

half-dome-webcam-82513.jpg Most of Yosemite National Park is not affected by the giant Rim Fire — check out the High Sierra cam from a few minutes ago. The northern route into the park and the area around Hetch Hetchy are closed. Here's the latest update.

19 firefighters die in Arizona wildfire *

az-republic-yarnell.gif Just awful news out of the Prescott area in central Arizona. Nineteen firefighters who were battling a fire near Yarnell in Yavapai County were overrun by flames and deployed their shelters. They were later found dead in and around the shelters. All but one is from the Prescott FD's hotshot team.

Bobcats of the Santa Monicas hit hard by the Springs fire

bobcat-joanne.jpg The wild bobcats that roam the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains have had it hard in recent times. Now biologists fear profound threats to survival.

Powerhouse Fire kicks up, forces evacuations

powerhouse-fire-lasd.jpg More than 1,200 homes are considered threatened. Fifteen have been damaged, including six that were destroyed. The fire command said at midnight that 22,242 acres have burned and there was 20% containment.

Fire is a river that runs uphill

camarillo-fire-alcorn-reuters.jpg Since it looks as if the SoCal fire season is going to be long and mean, scientist-blogger Grace Peng offers a primer on the physics of flames and wind here. Plus: Reuters photographer Jonathan Alcorn on an eerie night at the Camarillo Springs fire.

Ventura County fire could be slowed by cooler weather

fire-sunset-sprinklers-gf.jpg The wildfire that began near Camarillo Springs Road and U.S. 101 spread to 28,000 acres on Friday, but firefighters kept the flames from engulfing any homes for a second day. Residents fled several neighborhoods, however, as the fire jumped ridges and moved toward communities such as Hidden Valley.

Fire season off to racing start

vcstar-fire-haskell.jpg Brush conditions around Camarillo are like October, fire officials say — and it's only May. More than 6,500 acres have scorched, forcing evacuations, but no homes have been destroyed. Burned agricultural buildings in the strawberry fields near Cal State Channel Islands have raised concerns about toxic smoke.

Fires burning in canyons above Bel-Air and Beverly Hills*

sepul-pass-fire-twitter.jpg Firefighters were dropping water on a fire that began beside Sepulveda Boulevard on the east rim of Sepulveda Pass when smoke was spotted rising a few miles away at Muholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon Avenue. A third blaze near Mulholland apparently got started due to a power transformer blowing.

Fire burning above Azusa and Glendora

fire-above-azusa.jpg That smoke tower you probably see if you are in the Los Angeles area is from a brush fire that broke out this afternoon in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills above Azusa. Looks to be a bit of pyrocumulus action happening at the top of the plume. By about 5 p.m. the fire had swept across 700 acres, authorities told the media.

Llama dies after brush fire

frisco-llama.jpg Frisco was led to safety by his owners when a fire burned close to the family home. But he might have suffered stress and smoke inhalation.

Station Fire burn areas reopen for Memorial Day

angeles-forest-warning-sign.jpg Some 41,000 acres at the Big Tujunga Canyon end of the Angeles National Forest reopened this weekend for the first time since the big Station Fire in 2009. Read more

Radio Recorders, historic sound studio burns in Hollywood *

hollywood-fire.jpg Tonight's fire at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Avenue wasn't just in another storefront. It's the former location of Radio Recorders, a legendary sound studio.

Police ID arson suspect as Harry Burkhart, 24 *

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says at the presser that Burkhart has been booked on one count of arson. Chief Beck says they got their man.

Arson suspect, 24, now officially arrested *

The German native is 24 years old and suspected of setting as many as 53 fires, with property damage over $2 million.

Author comes along at the right time, arson-wise

red-flag-warning-book.jpg Kurt Kamm's "Red Flag Warning" is about an arsonist setting fires around Los Angeles.

Arson 'person of interest' stopped after more fires this morning *

A German man who several sources said "is believed to be the same person seen in a surveillance video released by police Sunday" was detained by a reserve sheriff's deputy this morning near Sunset and Fairfax.

Arson 'person of interest' caught on videos *

Police distributed video Sunday of a man they say was seen near more than one of the fires in the recent spree of arson fires that has centered in Hollywood and West Hollywood. Plus more updates and a Facebook page.

At least two more car fires already tonight *

The new fires, inside the Hollywood and Highland parking structure and in a Hollywood home's carport, came as authorities deployed hundreds of extra firefighters, patrol cars, undercover officers and helicopters to fight the mysterious ongoing arson string.

Sixteen more arson fires overnight

Los Angeles police and fire officials suspect the string of 35 or more suspicious fires reported since Friday morning have been set by more than one arsonist.

Red flag conditions defined *

weather-grab-11211.jpg What do you think of the bizarro temps this afternoon?

LA Sketchbook: Triangle Shirtwaist fire

qqxsgTriangleM.jpg Cartoon by Steve Greenberg.

LAFD warns of risk from Nowruz celebrations

lafd-persian.jpg Ahead of the vernal equinox and the Persian celebration of Nowruz, the L.A. Fire Department blog has posted a reminder — in english and Persian.

LAFD film on the 1961 Bel-Air 'conflagration'

In November it will be 50 years since one of the city's scariest wind-whipped fire storms burned through Brentwood and Bel Air.

Glenn Allen, Los Angeles firefighter was 58 *

glenn-allen-lafd.jpg Glenn Allen had been with the Los Angeles Fire Department for 38 years and had been contemplating retirement. He died after noon today of injuries incurred while battling a house fire in the Hollywood Hills on Thursday.

Couple of sad L.A. anniversaries

lapl-fire-ucla-collection.jpg On this day, the Rodney Kings riots erupted in 1992 and the Central Library burned in 1986.

Exercise echoes a scary night in Los Angeles

interstate.GIF At 2:30 this afternoon, the Los Angeles Fire Department will supervise the full evacuation of the Aon Building, the 62-story tower at Wilshire and Hope that was known as the First Interstate Tower when a fire broke out on the 12th floor in 1988.

Roadside fires quickly put out in Sepulveda Pass

Northbound freeway traffic was snarled briefly near Getty Center Drive.

Snow news is good news

angelesnf121009.jpg This week's snowfall covered some of the ash from the Station Fire that has given the San Gabriel Mountains a sickly appearance. Snow is also better than rain when it...

Now comes the 'rock porridge'

debrisflowmap1009.jpg Over the weekend, La Crescenta author Bernadette Murphy had a nice opinion piece in the L.A. Times invoking John McPhee and his seminal writing on debris flows out of the...

Fire scar in San Gabriel Mountains

stationfirescar.jpg This is pretty dramatic. Photo from NASA Earth Observatory, hat tip to Emily Green of Chance of Rain. Click it to see full sized....

LA Sketchbook: Mt. Wilson

sgMountWilson-Fire.jpg See more by Steve Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive....

L.A. Pyrocumulus

tjpyrocumulus.jpg Times Op-Ed columnist Gregory Rodriguez, who is the man behind Zócalo, ponders today what it means that so many Angelenos were torn between horror and awe by the Station Fire's...

Gratitude for saving Mt. Wilson

Firefighters from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties knew well the history and scientific treasure that was at stake when the Station Fire threatened the Mount Wilson Observatory. They made it their...

Advice for the fire zone

Residents who lost their homes in last year's fire at the Oakridge mobile home park in Sylmar urged patience for the latest crop of rebuilders on KPCC's Off-Ramp. Also on...

Times fire kudos

While local television has been skimping on fire coverage, the L.A. Times has been going all out. I'm planning to give props in my KCRW segment today (4:44 p.m. at...

Firefighters hold moment of silence

fftribute9409.jpg At the morning shift change at the Hansen Dam command post, more than 1,000 firefighters paused to remember Capt. Tedmund Hall and Arnaldo Quinones, the County Fire veterans who died...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.3.09

Ted Kennedy's letter about Sirhan — plus more politics, fires and books — in the news and notes hidden below the jump. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA...

New Yorker on L.A. burning

Staff writer Susan Orlean has been in Los Angeles some of the summer and offers a blog entry on The New Yorker website about the week of fires. Excerpt: All...

LA Sketchbook: Angeles Ashional Forest

sgAngelesFire.jpg See more LA Sketchbook by Steve Greenberg in his archive. Click on the cartoon to view it larger....

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.2.09

Improving fire conditions and a familiar name appointed to the Board of Public Works lead this morning's news and notes. Also see Mark Lacter's morning headlines at LA Biz Observed,...

Look who declined to help on L.A. fires *

The San Francisco Fire Department refused a state request to send a strike team south to join the thousands of firefighters — many from out of state — on the...

Official fire info

Here's the latest page from the U.S. Forest Service command post, with evacuations and other data. The Station Fire stands at 121,762 acres....

New time-lapse contender

Where Eric Spiegelman's weekend fire film has drama and altitude, Dan Finnerty's has flame. Lots of flame....

Save the chicken & the Buick

I love this paragraph for what it says about the quirkiness of Los Angeles, or at least of the Tujunga area. Much more authentic and telling than the media meme...


smokecloudtj83109.jpg If it's not a word, it should be. TJ Sullivan's daily view from the Westside captures perhaps the week's most voluminous pyrocumulus cloud yet, dwarfing the InterContinental Hotel in Century...

'This is a very angry fire'

actonfireblevins83009.jpg Incident commander Mike Dietrich just told the 5 p.m. media briefing that the weather is still working against firefighters in the Angeles National Forest. "This is a very angry fire...

KCET bucks trend on TV fire news

While other local TV stations have been skimping on fire coverage, PBS station KCET is doing more than it ever has before: as of 1:30 p.m. today, Channel 28 is...

Aerial pyrotechnics

strudwickaerial.jpg I'll do a fire news roundup after the 5 p.m. briefing at Hansen Dam. Meanwhile, flying in or out of Los Angeles has been more visually dramatic during the fires....

Mt. Wilson cam not working *

The webcam on UCLA's tower in the Mount Wilson solar observatory complex has no picture right now. Not clear if the outage is traffic or fire caused. [* Update: Comes...

LA Sketchbook: California matchbook

sgCalifMatchbook.jpg Steve Greenberg weighs in on the early fire season. And please, close cover before striking. Click to view bigger and go here for the LA Sketchbook archive. Fires coverage gathered...

Villaraigosa statement on fires

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's face was not in evidence in the fire coverage this weekend — it has been a county, state and national forest show. But with the fire coming...

Fire acreage doubles overnight

Wow. The Station Fire is now at 85,000 acres — and there have been no Santa Ana winds pushing this monster along. Some homes were lost last night near Acton,...

LAO video: Sunday night's fire briefing

What begins as a behind-the-scenes video of the fire camp and media swarm at Hansen Dam turns into an emotional briefing on the deaths of two Los Angeles County firefighters....

Mount Wilson still working

mtwilsoncam831090054.jpg View to the west from the Mt. Wilson Solar Observatory tower cam five minutes ago. Smoky, but operating. Click to embiggen. Earlier at LA Observed: Mt. Wilson in danger (with...

Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47
Arnaldo Quinones, 35

The two firefighters killed in a vehicle accident Sunday on Mount Gleason above Acton were identified by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Tedmund Hall, who lived in San Bernardino...

View of fires from space

firesfromspace83009.jpg Here is today's image from Earth Snapshot. Click it to biggify....

2 firefighters die on Mt. Gleason **

StationFireTJ83009.jpg Tonight's briefing at the fire command post at Hansen Dam began with deputy chief Mike Bryant of the county fire department announcing that two of his men died about 2:30...

Mt. Wilson in danger *

KNX News Radio just tweeted (and presumably reported on the air) that firefighters have been pulled off Mount Wilson: "Officials expect critical communications point to be overrun by fire about...

Fire at 32,000 acres *

stationfirelineactonknbc.jpg * Updated through the afternoon The fire front in the San Gabriels stretches 19 miles east to west, with containment essentially at nil. Previously evacuated area in La Cañada...

Channel 9 covers fire at Welk's home

Channel 9's fire coverage in the 9 o'clock hour included several minutes with reporter Dave Lopez on the battle by firefighters to save the La Cañada Flintridge home of the...

Weekend's best fire video? *

stationfireflamesjablon.jpg Los Angeles lawyer web content producer Eric Spiegelman, an LA Observed reader from way back, made a time lapse video — 90 minutes in 24 seconds — of the smoke...

Mandatory evacuations in Altadena now

stationfirealcorn82809.jpg The city La Cañada Flintridge has been emailing out expanded mandatory evacuation areas all morning as the Station Fire spreads unchecked, now over 7,500 acres. Authorities now want to clear...

Morning Buzz: Friday 8.28.09

Fires and more Villaraigosa shakeup follows lead the news and notes tucked after the jump. Follow LA Observed updates on Twitter through the day....

Fire raging on Palos Verdes *

pvfirektla.jpg Channel 4 has cut into programming to cover a wildfire on the Palos Verdes Peninsula that looks to be starting to burn buildings. The fire was reported just before 8...

Air quality alert due to fire

It's been exceptionally clear out near the beach this week, but today from Downtown or so east the drifting smoke from the brush fire above Azusa has spurred an official...

Fire moving away from Getty, Mt. St. Mary's

alcorngettyfire.jpg Smoke is much reduced out here. Jonathan Alcorn shot this photo when the plume was still growing....

Wildfire forcing evacuation of the Getty

1cGettySmoke.jpg The Getty Museum is being evacuated down through Brentwood as a precaution due to a fire burning in brush a ridge or two to the north in Sepulevda Pass. Damn...

Little Tujunga brush fire *

lvtfire7509.jpg Lori Jablons sends this photo of a brush fire burning this afternoon in the hills behind her Lake View Terrace neighborhood. "You can see the flames within the smoke, and...

Tonight in Santa Barbara

News coverage of the Jesusita Fire is everywhere. Status report from Santa Barbara County Fire as of 11:15 p.m.: • 2,739 acres burned • 10% contained • Damage assessment in...

20 homes burn in Santa Barbara on warm night

sbfirealcorn.jpg Driving home tonight from Downtown, the air grew freakishly warmer the closer we got to the beach. Ninety miles north in Santa Barbara, high winds kicked up Tuesday's wildfire to...

Burned out in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara and Montecito residents who lost their homes in last week's wildfire include actor Christopher Lloyd and retired Los Angeles Times Senior Editor Noel Greenwood, who oversaw the coverage...

Carbon footprint

Here's NASA's shot of SoCal's fires as seen from space. No wonder the South Coast AQMD wants us all to stop breathing so hard. Oh -- and from LAist: A...

The fires so far

The worst of SoCal's many fires are in Orange County (above), where more than 150 homes have burned and 1,000 more are in harm's way. OC Register Lots of first-person...

When smoke gets in your eyes

Dear Glendale, Not enough smoke in the smoke-choked air for you? Not to worry! Those fireworks we planned for the Christmas tree lighting on Saturday night which, in a burst...

A fire wrap-up and an anti-Prop 8 rally update

Why am I blogging on a Saturday night? Because PCH to Santa Monica, where I was supposed to meet friends for dinner and a movie, is a parking lot. An...

At least one more hour of big winds

That's the word from the National Weather Service, which expects high winds in LA County to last until 2 p.m.. Meanwhile, fires now burn in Montecito, Sylmar, Corona and Brea....

Fire pix on Flickr, LAFD on the web

Between the Times' photogs and picture editors, they've got some great fire photo galleries on the site. But just as remarkable are civilian shots like this one. Here's a link...

Oh no -- another fire

The strong smell of smoke woke me and we've got another fire. In Sylmar this time, driven by what the LAFD called near-hurricane-force winds. At least 2,600 acres burned and,...

A quick fire update: more homes, more acres and the first fatality

The latest stats on the Tea fire in Santa Barbara County stand at 2,500 acres burned, more than 100 homes destroyed, and more than 1,800 news items that mention Oprah...

Low reservoir levels a worry in Montecito fire

Even as water-dropping aircraft dip into low reservoirs in the Santa Barbara area, residents have been asked to cut their water use to near-zero. Wash your face and brush your...

Homes evacuated as fire burns near Santa Barbara *

Mandatory evacuations as a wildfire races through the Santa Barbara area, tears through Montecito. Winds gusting to 50-plus mph. Power out in parts of the city. Stories from LA Times,...

Red flag warnings issued throughout SoCal

Here we go again -- more hot and windy weather on the way. Guy McCarthy at Watershed News gathers the details: Just a few days after a cold front contributed...

Brian Williams gets overexcited

On tonight's NBC Nightly News, my ears perked up when anchor Brian Williams introduced a story by saying a world-famous museum came "dangerously close" to being burned by fire today....

Getty closed due to fire

The Getty Center will remain closed today to visitors and most staff to help reduce traffic congestion resulting from this morning's hillside brush fire (now out) in Sepulveda Pass. The...

One-minute video: Kagel Canyon post-fire

Kagel Canyon looked scorched but almost serene over the weekend. The locals had put up signs thanking the firefighters who knocked down last week's wildfire. Here's a one-minute video of...

Which books do fleeing writers take?

Mark Hull, publisher of Red Hen Press, got the word to get out of his Granada Hills home office as the Sesnon Fire bore down. Which books did he choose...

Tale of two fires

The fire that began on Oat Mountain above Porter Ranch doubled in size overnight to 9,872 acres and was burning southwest across Ventura County, while the Marek fire that began...

Fires reach 10,000 acres

The two wildfires burning in and around Los Angeles have destroyed at least three dozen mobile homes in Lopez Canyon and 19 structures, many of them homes, in the area...

Fire to the sea 'a real possibility'

Los Angeles County fire chief P. Michael Freeman is quoted on City News Service saying that firefighters are doing their best to check the Porter Ranch-Browns Canyon fire "from making...

Cal State Northridge cancels classes

The campus is probably five miles from the nearest flames, but the heavy smoke over the Valley and interrupted freeways prompted CSUN to cancel afternoon and evening classes. Also, Chatsworth...

Evacuations spread to West Valley *

Channel 7 just reported that, with the wind blowing more fiercely, evacuations have just been called for Box Canyon, Woolsey Canyon, Bell Canyon, Dayton Canyon and Lake Manor. KABC thought...

Awesome fire photo

It's by Mel Melcon of the Los Angeles Times, on It shows the smoke roiling off the Sesnon fire in Browns Canyon and Porter Ranch....

Fire fatality on 118 Freeway *

Channel 4 says there is a report that someone died in a car fire on the freeway near DeSoto Avenue, a bit east of where the Sesnon fire has jumped...

Evacuations above Chatsworth *

* Updated post Twin Lakes and Indian Hills, two communities hard up against the brush north of Chatsworth, are evacuating. Flames are moving across Browns Canyon, the access up to...

Oat Mountain burning above Porter Ranch *

* Update: All Los Angeles TV new stations are live on the fires. A fast-moving new fire has erupted in the Santa Susana Mountains and is laying down smoke on...

That smoke and fire smell

Brush is burning in the Little Tujunga Canyon area and threatening ranches and homes from there down into Lake View Terrace. About 1,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in...

Postcard from the California fires

Dana Goodyear has been blogging on the fires for The New Yorker and has a Talk of the Town piece in this week. Excerpt: Southern Californians dont like to wake...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.24.07

Now the finger pointing With the fires claiming at least 1,165 homes in Southern California, some firefighters are saying the region wasn't prepared. "It is an absolute fact, had we...

The big picture

NASA satellites view the Southern California fires from space.

Hey you, in the hills

Attention hill dwellers: It's brush clearance season for you. Los Angeles Fire Department inspectors are out checking all 129,647 parcels in the scarily named Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone,...
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