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Brush fire which broke out near Griffith Observatory contained by LAFD

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Fire crews remain on scene after containing Griffith Park brushfire
Fire crews remain on scene after containing Griffith Park brushfire 02:12

A brush fire erupted Tuesday in the brush just below Griffith Observatory.

The fire broke out just before 3 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Nottingham Avenue. The Los Angeles Fire Department was able to contain the fire a little over an hour after 92 firefighters and helicopters arrived. The LAFD said that there was a light-to-medium wind.  


The expanded to about six acres around the Griffith Observatory, which was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. No homes were evacuated, but Park Rangers did keep hikers off the nearby trails. 

At about 3:55 p.m. the Los Angeles Police Department detained a person of interest, who was a suspected arsonist, nearby the fire.


Officials provide update on Griffith Park brusher

Video taken near Griffith Park, where firefighters were able to contain an approximately six acre brushfire before it reached the observatory, shows officers with the Los Angeles Police Department detaining a suspected arsonist. 

While no homes were evacuated as a result of the fire, officials did evacuate Griffith Observatory out of an abundance of caution. 

"We hit this very hard, very fast from ground and air," said LAFD Cpt. Erik Scott. "Firefighters flanked both sides, pinched it off and we used our helicopters to take the heat out of the front of the fire." 

Officials also said that any residents living in foothill areas have an evacuation plan in place, as well as defensible space around their homes. 

Crews will remain at the scene throughout the night to mop up the scene and ensure there are no additional flareups. 

Person of interested detained in connection to Griffith Park brusher 01:55
By Josh DuBose

LAPD said the person detained is a suspected arsonist

Suspected arsonist detained in connection to Griffith Observatory brush fire 00:08

The Los Angeles Police Department said that the person of interest who was detained is a suspected arsonist.

By Matthew Rodriguez

LAFD contains brush fire near Griffith Observatory

Forward progress of Griffith Park brusher fire stopped, officials say 00:35

The Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire near Griffith Observatory has been contained. LAFD also said that 92 firefighters were on scene to battle the fire that spread to about 6 acres. 

"Nearly all active flame has been eliminated and forward progress stopped after one hour and twelve minutes," LAFD tweeted. 

LAFD says all active flames eliminated 01:46
By Matthew Rodriguez

2 water-dropping helicopters fighting flames

Two water-dropping helicopters are making precision drops to help contain flames and hotspots in Griffith Park. 

2 water-dropping helicopters are working to contain flames in Griffith Park 00:34
By Josh DuBose

LAPD detains person of interest for fire

The Los Angeles Police Department has detained one person of interest in connection to the approximately 4-acre fire near Griffith Observatory. 

By Matthew Rodriguez

Water-dropping helicopters and crews work to contain fire

LAFD fighting Griffith Park brusher from air, ground and firetrucks 00:52

Fire crews with LAFD are battling flames using water-dropping helicopters, firetrucks that have made their way onto trails and hand crews that hiked hoses and fire fighting gear up the steep hillsides.

By CBSLA Staff

Griffith Observatory evacuated

Griffith Park brush fire at 4 acres 00:55

The Los Angeles Fire Department has evacuated the Griffith Observatory as Park Rangers keeps hikers off nearby trails. No homes have been evacuated. 

By Matthew Rodriguez

Hand crews contain flare-ups

Fire crews focusing on area of thick brush 01:09

Fire crews with LAFD are focusing on an area of thick vegetation in Griffith Park, as hand crews have been able to contain other flare-ups.  

By Josh DuBose

Fire now 'Major Emergency' fire

Water dropping helicopters now over Griffith Park brusher 01:08

The Los Angeles Fire Department has classified the fire as a "Major Emergency" fire.

By Matthew Rodriguez

Fire burns 4 acres

LAFD working to contain brusher in Griffith Park 01:29

LAFD continues to battle the brush fire near Griffith Park. The fire has extended to 4 acres. 

By Matthew Rodriguez

Brusher covers Griffith Observatory in smoke

Brusher breaks out near Griffith Observatory 02:26

Smoke can be seen surrounding the iconic Griffith Observatory.

By Matthew Rodriguez
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