Firefighters were able to keep a Sherman Oaks brush fire to just two-acres Friday thanks to quick action, precise water drops, and residents who maintained proper brush clearance around their homes.
Just before 4:30 PM on July 31, 2015, the LAFD received multiple 911 calls for a Brush Fire near the 14000 block of Deervale Place, North of Mulholland Dr. and West of Beverly Glen Bl. in Sherman Oaks.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find a 1/4 acre of medium to heavy brush, burning uphill toward a row of homes. The fire quickly grew to approximately two acres and was predominately topography driven. Fortunately there was little wind.
Additional resources were rapidly requested totaling 13 engines and trucks, two ambulances, air support who provided strategic water drops, and Camp Crews from the LACoFD.
Over 75 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Kenny Miller, were able to extinguish the flames in one hour, however firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night to ensure no flare-ups. Nearby homes were not damaged due to firefighters quick efforts, and we commend the local residents for having proper brush clearance that provided the defensible space for firefighters to do their job. No one was injured.
Today’s fire reminds us how volatile our brush is compounded by a severe drought. On Monday August 3rd, LAFD will announce the beginning of our annual 150-day contract for the Erickson “Helitanker,” a large helicopter capable of dropping 2,600 gallons of water. The Helitanker will join the hard working fleet of six LAFD helicopters and our seasoned pilots.
The cause of today's fire is undetermined.
Copyright photos by Ryan Babroff.
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