30 Acre Wildfire
More than 100 firefighters responded by ground and air to battle a fast-moving thirty-acre grass fire in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area on Monday, July 16, 2012. Light but variable winds fanned flames in three-foot tall grass that led to thicker and more volatile vegetation, as the fire quickly grew. City companies were soon joined by five LACoFD handcrews and an LACoFD helicopter to collectively contain the fire in just 47 minutes.
Firefighters suspect that a radio-controlled model aircraft from the nearby Apollo XI Model Aircraft Flying field may have landed unintentionally in the tinder dry grass, sparking the blaze. Los Angeles Police Officers interviewed witnesses at the scene for what remains an active investigation.
Photos by Mike Meadows, EPN