Big Honkin’ Brushfire in La Tuna Canyon

After we were passed by the asshole driver doing his best to kill himself and everyone else on the road, we drove up the 210 through La Tuna Canyon. I grew up in La Crescenta, and I know the hills on either side of the freeway very well, so when I noticed that they were the driest I’ve seen them in my entire life, I commented to my wife that this was a prime spot for a serious brushfire this fire season.

Well, it turns out that my thoughts control the future, because there’s a fire burning there right now. At the moment, it’s about 5 acres, and LAFD and county fire is already on scene. CHP says that the 210 West between Sunland and La Tuna Canyon will be closed indefinitely, so go do your asshole driving somewhere else for the next few hours, I guess.

There are updates in the LAFD Twitter stream, but so far nothing on local media websites. CBS2 has video, but you need to infect your computer with something called “Windows” to watch it.

KCAL had some aerial shots a few minutes ago, and since they’re not staying with it on FIREWATCH!!11 I’m hopeful that the whole thing will be under control and wrapped up shortly.

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  1. And this from the CHP site just now:
    3:27PM 64T 97 ON LA TUNA ONR TO WB 210 FOR THE VEH GOING THE W/WAY
    3:24PM .K/2057D0718.D/ALL BRO,62 COPIES VEHS GOING W/WAY LA TUNA ONR TO WB 210 ,EXITING THE ONR
    3:24PM PER 62,STARTING TO MOVE VEHS THRU THE CD WB 210 BTWN LA TUNA AND SUNLAND
    3:06PM .K/1968D0718.D/RECALLED RP,RP STATES HE DOESNT KNOW WHERE THE FIRE IS,BUT HE IS DRIVING ON THE 5 FWY & SEES SMOKE TO THE EAST,PAST AND OVER A RIDGE – SO HE DOESNT KNOW WHERE IT,TALKED TO FD AND TOLD THEM THE SAME INFO
    2:59PM TMC COPIES, 1039 MEDIA
    2:59PM PER 98-M6 – UPDATE FOR THE SIGALERT,MAKE IT THE ENTIRE WB 210 FRM SUNLAND TO LA TUNA CYN SHUT DOWN FOR UNK DURATION
    2:44PM SIGALERT ISSUED ON BLUE
    2:43PM TMC COPIES, 1039 MEDIA
    2:43PM ADDL,PER 98-M6 – CT CREW IS 97 HERE AND HE IS TALKING TO THEM,THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF SETTING UP THE HARD CLOSURE NOW
    2:43PM PER 62,97 NOW AND ALL LANES ARE SHUT DOWN WB,TILL THEY GET THE HARD CLOSURE TOGETHER THEN IT WILL JUST BE THE #3-4 LANES
    2:42PM PLS ISSUE A SIGALERT FOR UNK DURATION:WB 210 BTWN LA TUNA CANYON AND SUNLAND #3-4 LANES
    2:41PM PER 62,THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF SHUTTING DOWN THE #3-4 LNS NOW
    2:41PM ATTN CALTRANS WILL NEED YOU TO RESP FOR A HARD CLOSURE – WB 210 BTWN LA TUNA CYN & SUNLAND FOR THE #3-4 LANES TILL FURTHER NOTICE
    2:39PM DUPE INFO – RP CAN SEE THE FIRE DP 97
    2:37PM 1039 98-S3 COPIES AND ENRT
    2:37PM PER 98-M6,WILL NEED THE UNIT COMING TO RUN A BREAK – WE MAY NEED TO TAKE SOME LANES,62 COPIES
    2:35PM PER LAFD HELICOPTERS ARE ALREADY ATTACHED
    2:31PM PLS RECALL FD ,PER M6 MAYBE THEY COULD SEND A HELICOPTER FOR THIS FIRE,IT IS MOVING AWAY FRM THE FWY BUT THERE IS ALOT BRUSH
    2:31PM .K/1893D0718.D/1039 FD
    2:30PM ADDL PER LAFD,THEY ARE GOING TO TYPE THIS A BRUSH FIRE DUE TO THE AREA
    2:29PM GRASS FIRE GETTING PRETTY BIG,PRETTY FAST ,, 1039 LAFD #22 INC/691
    2:28PM BRUSH FIRE ON THE RS – 1039 T/LAFD #23
    RESPONDING OFFICERS STATUS

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