A brush fire burned about six acres and today forced the evacuation of the famous Griffith Park Observatory and arrested an interested person.
The fire was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m., along North Nottingham Avenue, on a hill just south of Griffith Park Observatory. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, initially reported as a 100-by-50-foot spot fire, the fire quickly spread to about four acres.
Smoke rose to the top of the hill, some of which spread across the famous dome of the observatory, although the flames were not seen reaching landmarks or nearby Greek theaters.
92 @ Law Day Firefighters are battling it # Major Emergency #Brushfire, Which burned about 8 acres of medium brush. Almost all active flames have been extinguished and progress has stopped after one hour and 12 minutes. pic.twitter.com/XpLY0BTU4D
– (IPIOErikScott) May 18, 2022
Due to the fire near the observatory and the thickness of the brush, the fire department classified the fire as a “major emergency” and dispatched more than a dozen engines, including air support.
In addition to evacuating the observatory, park rangers were clearing hiking trails in Griffith Park.
The observatory was closed to the public on Tuesday as per its normal schedule, but all staff were cleared from the building.
The LAFD announced at about 3:55 a.m. that crews were able to control the fire on about six acres. No casualties were reported during the blaze.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, but the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that authorities had arrested a person involved in the fire. However, no further information was immediately available.
This was the latest in a sting of late fires that first responders encountered. Another day, Lauren Canyon created some confusion called Fire. It was not, in fact, located in the canyon stretching between the valley and the sunset strip, but in an arrow of the same name in Silmar.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire at 12300 North Laurel Canyon Boulevard was about one acre at 6:05 pm There was also a light breeze but no structures were threatened. https://t.co/YX80pHZYb4
– CBS Los Angeles (BSCBSLA) May 18, 2022
Also, of course, there was a fire in Laguna Nigue last week that destroyed at least 20 20 million worth of homes. That fire was finally declared 100% captured.
City News Service contributed to this report.