LACoFD Combats Weeks of Unrelenting Fires

By June 30, 2017LACoFD News
Malbu Fire June 29, 2017

Los Angeles County Fire Department stages their command post for battling the Malibu fire on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Photo by VPP Dave Mills.

Los Angeles County firefighters began combating the 2017 fire season in full-force at Castaic Lake on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The fire burned 800 acres and took several days to ensure complete containment. With only a brief reprieve, fires seemed to flare up in rapid succession beginning on Sunday, June 25 in Santa Clarita, then on Thursday, June 29 in Malibu and Calabasas. Here is the latest information available on these incidents, in brief:


Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations at Malibu fire on June 29, 2017.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations at Malibu fire on June 29, 2017. Photo by VPP Gene Blevins.

Topanga Incident (Malibu)

Current Acres Burned:  55 acres
Current Containment:  95%

At 3:09 p.m., on Thursday, June 29, County firefighters responded to a brush fire at South Topanga Boulevard and West Pacific Coast Highway in the City of Malibu. We are in unified command with the Los Angeles Fire Department.  195 personnel are assigned to this ongoing incident which is burning medium to heavy fuel. 

Structure protection is in place for communities to the east of the fire.  There are no reported injuries.

 


The "Stokes Fire" burns in Calabasas on June 29, 2017. (Photo credit: ABC7)

The “Stokes Fire” burns in Calabasas on June 29, 2017. Photo by ABC7.

Stokes Incident (Calabasas)

Current Acres Burned:  41 acres
Current Containment:  100%

At 2:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, County firefighters responded to a brush fire burning in a State Responsibility Area, at Mulholland Highway and Malibu Canyon Road in the City of Calabasas.  228 personnel are assigned to this ongoing incident.  Forward progress has been stopped on the brush fire.

Structure protection is in place for communities to the east of the fire.  One minor firefighter injury has been reported.

 


Placerita Fire, June 2017. Photo by @lacofireairops.

Placerita Incident (Santa Clarita)

Current Acres Burned:  760 acres
Current Containment:  95%

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 12:47 p.m., County firefighters responded to a report of a traffic collision with fire on Highway 14 at Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single vehicle that crashed into a tree, igniting a one-quarter acre brush fire burning in light to medium brush.

The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries from the traffic collision and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. To date, six minor injuries have been reported.

One cabin, one façade and a bridge were consumed by fire.  All evacuation orders have been lifted.


For additional information on these incidents, please contact the Department’s Public Information Office at (323) 881-2413.