by David DeMullé
On Thursday, September 15 at about 6:30 a.m., a small fire on the side of the Big Tujunga Canyon Road became out of control, and the attending LAFD units called in mutual assistance units from L.A. County, the Angeles National Forestry and a unit from Calfire to attack the slowly moving fire as it burnt up the hill towards Rim Canyon and the nearby houses.
After calling a “Knock Down” in less than two hours, the LAFD still needed to maintain firefighters in place overnight to manage embers and possible re-ignitions. More than 42 fire vehicles and their crews plus three water-dropping helicopters attacked the fire vigorously. It was not determined where the fire started, but the remains of a homeless camp were found at the lower corner of the fire area. According to the LAFD, the total area burned was fewer than two acres, and no structures were damaged.