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Wildfire Scorches Three Acres near Forest Lawn in L.A.

On Thursday, August 24, 2006 at 5:15 p.m., 26 companies of Los Angeles firefighters, three LAFD rescue ambulances, one LAFD arson unit, four LAFD helicopters, one LAFD water tender, one LAFD EMS battalion captain, five LAFD battalion chief officer command teams, one LAFD division chief officer command team, as well as two hand crews, one supervisor and a battalion chief from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, one company and one battalion chief from the Burbank Fire Department, one company from the Warner Brothers Studio Fire Department and Griffith Park Rangers, all under the direction of LAFD Assistant Chief Michael Fulmis responded to a brush fire near 6711 Forest Lawn Drive near Forest Lawn/Hollywood Hills.

Firefighters arrived quickly in response to timely reports of a vegetation fire to discover a quarter-acre of grass burning in steep and inaccessible terrain of the Hollywood Hills immediately southeast of Griffith Park.

More than 100 ground-based firefighters were soon joined by a quartet of Los Angeles Fire Department helicopters that effectively flanked the flames with repeated precision water drops.

Because shifting winds of nearly ten miles-per-hour caused the fire to nearly double in size in a short period of time, bringing flames closer to heavy brush, high voltage power lines and homes more than a half-mile away, additional LAFD engine companies were briskly deployed in the role of structure protection in the sparsely populated surrounding hillsides.

With nearly 200 personnel from a multitude of agencies soon in place, LAFD command staff utilized pre-plans and worked in close concert with LAFD firefighter/pilots to determine and monitor real-time fire behavior for the duration of the blaze, which was brought under control in little more than an hour after consuming three acres of brush and grass in remote and rugged terrain.

No structures or power lines were damaged, and there were no evacuations or injuries. Though Warner Brothers Studio and Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Memorial Park remain the closest identifiable landmarks to the blaze, neither were endangered by the fire.

Firefighters will remain on site throughout the night to prevent and flare-ups. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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