Van Nuys Sepulveda Fire

VAN NUYS, CA — Over 125 firefighters battled a brush fire that erupted within the Sepulveda basin on August 22, 2014, scorching 30 acres.  Just before 4:00 PM the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to the 15700 block of Burbank Boulevard to find thick brush and trees on fire in the Sepulveda basin.

Three LAFD Chiefs, wearing brush firefighting gear, speaking to one another regarding the active fire.

A 10 mph southerly wind began blowing embers, creating several spot fires. The flames quickly spread to 10-acres and began burning two different areas, South and North of Burbank Boulevard, prompting the Incident Commander to create two separate branches of command and control. A large column of grey smoke was clearly visible from the 405 and 101 freeways.

Firefighters attacked the flames with hose-lines and hand tools, in nearly 90 degree weather. Multiple helicopters, including the Erickson Air-Crane, performed precise water drops.  Fortunately there are no structures threatened and firefighters were able to take more of a defensive posture. No one was injured.

The fires prompted the California Highway Patrol to shut down the Burbank Boulevard off-ramps from the northbound and southbound San Diego (405)  Freeway. Burbank Boulevard also was closed between Woodley Avenue and Balboa Boulevard for a period of time.

Over 125 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, fully extinguished the flames in nearly two and a half hours. A total of 30 Acres burned.  Firefighters remained on the scene through the next day to continue extinguishing hot spots.

The cause of the fire is under active investigation.

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