At about 7:15pm a fire broke out in the dried out brush adjacent to the concrete corridor of the Ballona Creek near La Cienega in Culver City. Witnesses say that the fire was started by a young man who they described as Latino. Two young girls reported that the man left his bike behind and walked up the side of the brush. “We thought that he was just going to start tagging,” one young person said, “but then he started the fire and threw his backpack into it.”
Police and firefighters responded to the scene, cutting through a fence with an electric saw and dousing the flames after the fire had consumed a palm tree and an area of about 50 feet. By 8:15pm the firefighters contained the fire.