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August 7, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 30 Los Angeles firefighters on Friday mopped up the arson fire that raged near the Foothill Freeway a day earlier, soaking smoldering brush with water and digging up roots to prevent them from reigniting. Authorities said they have no suspects in the fire, which charred more than 250 acres of brush and forced the evacuation of about 150 homes. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis said the blaze was intentionally set but declined to give any details on how it was started.
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July 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A brush fire Saturday afternoon charred about 15 acres of hilly terrain a mile north of the Getty Center and just west of the San Diego Freeway before firefighters contained it, authorities said. The cause of the fire, which took 115 firefighters about an hour to control, was under investigation, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened, Humphrey said. The Getty Center was not affected by the fire, an official said.
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June 23, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The season's largest brush fire broke out Tuesday at a campground in Los Padres National Forest near Interstate 5 and had consumed more than 600 acres of forest land by Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, two separate blazes broke out within hours of each other in hillside areas near the Foothill and Hollywood freeways in Los Angeles, tying up traffic for much of the day, Los Angeles fire officials said. Arson investigators were probing all three fires. The Los Padres fire was reported about 2 p.
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November 23, 2000
A wind-whipped fire scorched up to five acres of brush in a remote area in the hills above Chatsworth Wednesday night, but caused no injuries and did not threaten homes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. and burned south of the 118 Freeway near Santa Susana Pass and the Ventura County line. It was contained by 8 p.m.
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January 4, 1999 | JULIE HA and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A wind-whipped brush fire scorched nearly 600 acres in the rugged hills of the northwest San Fernando Valley before firefighters reported containing the blaze about 5 p.m. Sunday. No homes were damaged and there were no immediate reports of injuries resulting from the blaze, which could be seen from as far away as Sepulveda Pass, said Brian Humphrey, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.
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October 18, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Firefighters put out a wind-whipped brush fire that burned 15 acres near the Golden State Freeway on Sunday, averting more serious problems on a day in which Santa Ana winds were clocked in excess of 35 mph. The blaze, initially reported as a grass fire around 1:10 p.m., broke out in a remote area near San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway before burning into deeper brush, said Bob Collis, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.
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July 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A brush fire Saturday afternoon charred about 15 acres of hilly terrain a mile north of the Getty Center and just west of the San Diego Freeway before firefighters contained it, authorities said. The cause of the fire, which took 115 firefighters about an hour to control, was under investigation, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened, Humphrey said. The Getty Center was not affected by the fire, an official said.
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September 19, 1998
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan issued a "declaration of urgent necessity" Friday to help the Fire Department in its efforts to clear brush as this year's fire season draws near. The declaration will allow the Fire Department to temporarily waive requirements for competitive bids in hiring contractors to remove overgrown vegetation. Fire Chief William Bamattre said the declaration will open the potential field of contractors to include those not currently certified by the city.
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September 19, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan issued a "declaration of urgent necessity" Friday to aid the Fire Department in its efforts to clear brush as this year's fire season draws near. The declaration will allow the city Fire Department to temporarily waive requirements for competitive bids in selecting contractors to remove overgrown vegetation. Fire Chief William Bamattre said the move will open up the potential field of clearance contractors to include those not certified by the city.
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September 2, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As wildfires ripped homes in Riverside County, Los Angeles fire officials said Tuesday thousands of property owners will be responsible for their own fire prevention this season because the city is too overwhelmed to clear brush and trim trees for them. Armed with an ordinance that requires property owners to clear heavy brush within 200 feet of all structures, the city Fire Department can issue warnings and even hire contractors to do the work for landowners who don't comply.
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October 23, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU
Fueled by winds, a brush fire that broke out Sunday afternoon in Lake View Terrace threatened nearby homes before it was extinguished by more than 125 firefighters. The fire burned 45 acres near the 11500 block of Jeff Avenue, an area of rolling hills and grasslands, said Jim Wells, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Winds of 25 to 35 mph fanned the fire, which was reported at about 2:15 p.m. The blaze was put out at 3:45 p.m. by the Los Angeles city and county fire departments.
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August 22, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY
A brush fire that began about 5 p.m. Monday consumed about 10 acres in the Sepulveda Pass, causing long traffic delays for evening commuters on the San Diego Freeway from Mulholland Drive all the way back to Culver City. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said no structures were damaged in the blaze, which took about 150 firefighters, 50 shovelers and three helicopter crews to extinguish. It was the second brush fire in the pass since Saturday.
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August 22, 2000 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A brush fire that began about 5 p.m. Monday consumed about 10 acres in Sepulveda Pass, causing long traffic delays for evening commuters on the San Diego Freeway from Mulholland Drive all the way back to Culver City. Those who decided to use Sepulveda Boulevard also were tied up in traffic. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said no structures were damaged in the blaze, which was on the east side of the freeway.
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August 20, 2000
A fire burned about three acres in the Sepulveda Pass on Saturday afternoon, with thick smoke forcing the closure of some lanes of the San Diego Freeway. The blaze began at 3:30 p.m. west of the freeway, in brush near Mulholland Drive. As thick, acrid smoke blanketed the freeway, authorities closed three southbound lanes. It took 75 firefighters and three water-dropping helicopters about an hour and 15 minutes to douse the flames, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
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July 8, 2000 | GREG RISLING
Police are investigating a series of brush fires along the San Diego Freeway late Thursday that may have been started by an arsonist. Four small fires within a half-mile of one another began about midnight, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. Less than three acres were burned and the flames were extinguished within the hour. Because of the proximity of the fires to one another and the time they occurred, authorities suspect arson.
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July 6, 2000 | GREG RISLING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A brush fire that may have been ignited by illegal fireworks burned nine acres on Wednesday and briefly threatened about a dozen homes, according to Fire Department officials. More than 100 firefighters were assisted by four helicopters that dropped water onto the flames. The blaze began about 1:45 p.m. in the 9700 block of Samoa Avenue in Tujunga. Firefighters scrambled up the hillside and were able to contain the blaze within an hour, said Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Ward.
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September 9, 1998 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Council members lashed out at L.A. City Fire Marshal Jimmy Hill on Tuesday over what some said was the Fire Department's lackluster response to the potential for post-El Nino brush fires. "I'm in awe at the Fire Department's lack of energy and initiative," said City Councilwoman Laura Chick, who argued that the department should have asked for extra resources to clear brush in anticipation of this fall's fire season. "It is not as though we were surprised by El Nino," she said.
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August 20, 2000
A fire burned about three acres in the Sepulveda Pass on Saturday afternoon, with thick smoke forcing the closure of some lanes of the San Diego Freeway. The blaze began at 3:30 p.m. west of the freeway, in brush near Mulholland Drive. As thick, acrid smoke blanketed the freeway, authorities closed three southbound lanes. It took 75 firefighters and three water-dropping helicopters about an hour and 15 minutes to douse the flames, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
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June 12, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO and EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A brush fire burned through more than 640 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties Sunday, coming within hundreds of feet of homes in West Hills. The fire, which sent smoke rising hundreds of feet into the air, injured no one and caused no property damage, authorities said. By Sunday night the fire was 75% contained, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Brian Jordan. Full containment was expected early this morning.
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