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L.A. brush fire is interagency emergency


On Friday, April 27, 2007 at 2:55 PM, 35 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 3 Helicopters, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, the Dozer Company, a Water Tender, 2 Brush Patrols, 7 Los Angeles County Camp Crews and 2 Helicopters, Animal Services and Fixed Wing Aircraft from the Angeles National Forest all under the direction of Assistant Chief Curtis James responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire at 11120 N. Oro Vista Av. in the Tujunga area.

First arriving units on scene found a ½ acre of brush burning being pushed by 10 mile an hour winds from the west. A request for assistance from L.A. County, helicopter and camp crews, and the Angeles National Forest, fixed wing aircraft, was made.

Aggressive action by the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department protected two structures that were briefly threatened above the fire's origin on Alethea Drive. No other homes or property were damaged. Animal Services was notified and responded in anticipation of the need to evacuate and secure animals housed in the Tujunga area.

Two injuries were reported, one L.A. City Firefighter with a knee injury and one 18 year old L.A. County Camp Crew member suffered heat exhaustion. Both members were transported to area hospitals.

The Major Emergency Brush Fire was contained to 25 acres by and knocked down in 1 hour and 25 minutes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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