The man had reportedly been smoking a cigarette or using matches when the fire broke out. He is being treated treated for burns at a San Fernando Valley burn facility. Los Angeles Fire and police officials continue to try and determine how the fire started, whether it was deliberately set or accidental.
Last night, I watched some coverage on television, and I was a little annoyed at how hard one reporter was trying to get the LAFD spokesman to call the fire arson (the Mayor clearly said in his 11 pm press conference that is it not) or commit to other details on the mystery man who wandered out of the blazing brush shortly around the time the fire started yesterday, when it was obviously way too early to make any definitive statements in that regard. It was sort of like this:
Reporter: So, is this arson?
Fireman: We’re not sure.
Reporter: Hmmm-mmm. So arson, then?
Fireman: It’s too early to tell. We’re just trying our best to fight the fire and save homes.
Reporter: Do you have any more information on that dude who came out of the canyon?
Fireman: He’s being treated for burns and interviewed. It’s too early to say anything more than that.
Reporter: Did he do the arson?
Fireman: I’m going to cockpunch you now.
I think it’s respectable and responsible for city officials to stay away from the type of sensationalized statements the media so obviously wants them to make, at least until they are absolutely sure about the facts.
The times says that at least 600 acres have burned, no homes have been
damaged destroyed, and the fire is 40% contained, which is pretty good news, since the humidity is expected to drop again today, and the temperatures are expected to be in the 90s.