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Brush Fire Causes Evacuations of Country Club Drive Residences

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank Fire Department responded to a report of smoke  in the hills above Wildwood Canyon and the Burbank Police Range at 1:02 pm. Those units responding requested an additional  2nd alarm at 1:08 pm along with helicopter support and Los Angeles County Camp Crews.

The fire was well established and making a progressive move uphill in mild winds as additional firefighters moved into place.  Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived on the scene with 2 water dropping helicopters shortly followed by 2 helicopters from Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Burbank Fire requested the 3rd Alarm and with it came additional firefighters from Los Angeles  City and several units from Area C departments such a San Marino, Pasadena, and others. 

The fire started to move in a southern direction and while making forward progression it was decided that as a precaution the homes on Country Club should be evacuated and Burbank Police started that.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The firefighters on the ground made great advancements with handlines in very rough terrain as helicopters made numerous water drops throughout the afternoon.

While the homes were in the process of being evacuated warnings were put out to hikers and all using the recreational areas above Sunset Cyn were to leave the area.

By late afternoon firefighters were able to cut a line around the bulk of the fire and start to release the additional fire equipment that was in the staging area in the lower Castaways parking lot.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Total acreage was reported as 45 acres and Firefighters remained on scene overnight quelling hot spots within the burn area.

It was reported 1 camp crew member suffered heat-related problems and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

 

Firefighters Knock Down Burbank Brush Fire

Two firefighters were injured battling a brush fire that blackened a Burbank hillside between the Castaway Restaurant and Country Club Drive in Burbank Wednesday afternoon

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 After receiving a call from Burbank police of a brush fire that had started behind their firing range in Wildwood Canyon, firefighters were first dispatched at 3:51 pm.

While en route to the fire, Burbank Battalion Chief immediately asked for a third alarm brush assignment along with water dropping helicopters and camp crews to fight the fire before it got out of hand. Fire officials have not given a cause of the fire yet.

Burbank police went door to door along Country Club Drive, knocking on doors and asking residents to leave. There was no evacuation center for residents and they were allowed to return to their homes about an hour later.

Besides Burbank, engines from Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Los Angeles City and County  Angles National Forest Firefighters and other cities involved with the Verdugo system responded. Both L.A. County and L.A. City fire sent water dropping helicopters to fight the fire.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

The first Los Angeles County Fire Helicopter on scene dropped off a crew of Firefighters on an adjoining hilltop and then dropped a load of water. 

The helicopters were being filled at the Starlight Mesa Helipad. Members of Los Angeles County Camp Crews were going to stay overnight hitting any hotspots.  

 

 

Firefighters Knock Down Brush Fire Near Police Firing Range

Burbank firefighters received a call at 12:17 on Wednesday morning of a possible brush fire in Wildwood Canyon above the Castaway Restaurant.

Burbank Firefighter checks his safety gear prior to attacking the brush fire near Wildwood Cyn. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter checks his safety gear prior to attacking the brush fire near Wildwood Cyn. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A full brush response was dispatched which included an additional Battalion Chief from Glendale.

Upon arriving at the scene, Engine 16 reported that they smelled smoke in the area and the informant who called in the fire directed them back into Wildwood Canyon to the access road that serves the Police Firing Range.

About 30 yards up the hill was a small brush fire that had just started and quick work by firefighters surrounded the blaze and were able to knock it down before it spread to the trees in  the area, which could have erupted the fire along with flying embers.

Burbank Firefighters cold trail or turn over dirt where a small brush fire started near Wildwood Cyn . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters cold trail or turn over dirt where a small brush fire started near Wildwood Cyn . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters were able to knockdown the fire at 1:05 am and remained on scene until they had 100% containment.  The fire covered a total about about a quarter acre in rugged terrain.

Police were dispatched to take a statement from the witness and a fire investigator was also dispatched to try and find the cause of the fire. The results have not been released as of this time.

There were no injuries reported.

Burbank Firefighter wet down the area where a small brush fire occurred near Wildwood Cyn. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter wet down the area where a small brush fire occurred near Wildwood Cyn. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fast Action by Firefighters Stops Brush Fire Before it Can Grow

Burbank Firefighters were called to a vegetation fire near the 16th hole of DeBell Golf Course around 12:23 Monday.

(Photo  by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon the first engines arrival they reported a half acre brush fire with active fire running uphill and requested a second alarm along with assistance from water dropping helicopters because of the steep terrain.

Minutes later a Command Post was setup in the parking lot of the Castaway Restaurant and additional equipment was requested from the Area C Fire Stations, which included Glendale and Pasadena Fire Departments, along with crews setting up the heli-stop to fill the water dropping helicopters on the Starlight Mesa (above Stough Canton Park) and two LA County Camp Crews.

Los Angles City Copter 5 makes a water drop on a hotspot during a small brush fire that occurred above DeBell hole 16. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angles City Copter 5 makes a water drop on a hotspot during a small brush fire that occurred above DeBell hole 16. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters, with the help of the water dropping helicopters and very little wind blowing, were able to get a handle on the fire by 3:00 pm, A total containment with lines surrounding the fire was reported at 4:00pm.

The cause will be investigated by Burbank’s Arson Investigator. There were no injuries reported. DeBell Golf Course remained open during the emergency.

A Burbank Firefighter uses a shovel of dirt to douse a a small flareup in the hills above DeBell Golf Course Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank Firefighter uses a shovel of dirt to douse a a small flareup in the hills above DeBell Golf Course Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters extinguish a small brush fire that consumed 1 acre in the hills above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters extinguish a small brush fire that consumed 1 acre in the hills above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angeles City Copter 5 makes a drop on a small brush fire that occurred Monday afternoon near DeBell golf corse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Los Angeles City Copter 5 makes a drop on a small brush fire that occurred Monday afternoon near DeBell golf corse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter sprays water on the hillside along the 16th holes of DeBell where a small brush fire consumed 1 acre Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter sprays water on the hillside along the 16th holes of DeBell where a small brush fire consumed 1 acre Monday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

Photo By Nick Colbert

 

LA City Fire Helicopter brings hose and refreshments to fire crews high on a hill above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

LA City Fire Helicopter brings hose and refreshments to fire crews high on a hill above DeBell Golf Course. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Engine 16 supplies water to a fellow crew member right above. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Engine 16 supplies water to a fellow crew member right above. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale supplied several engine companies along with this water tender. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale supplied several engine companies along with this water tender. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Units Support Glendale to Fight “Canyon Fire”

At around 2:30 Friday afternoon alarms sounded that a brush fire was rapidly growing in the Chevy Chase / Glenoaks Canyon divisions of Glendale and was dubbed the “Canyon Fire.” Burbank fire units quickly joined nearly 200 firefighters from Glendale, LA County, LA City, Sierra Madre, and other area departments in the fight to knock the fire down, which was threatening more than 2000 residents.

Burbank's Engine 16 races into the fire scene in Glendale (Photo By John Savageau)

Burbank’s Engine 16 races into the fire scene in Glendale (Photo By John Savageau)

Residents and families were visible rushing out of the evacuation zone near the intersection of Glenoaks and Harvey. Several distraught family members tried unsuccessfully to return to the area to look for loved ones, however were turned back by Glendale Police. Fire had passed underneath the 2 Freeway, extending to Harvey Drive.

A well-coordinated effort between air units and ground units gained the upper hand by 5 p.m.. According to Glendale Fire Department representatives approximately 75 acres burned. Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion. People and traffic were diverted from the area, and both the 2 and 134 Freeways were disrupted.

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)

(Photo By John Savageau)