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Anniversary of the Griffith Park Fire Marked by New Water Tank

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Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the Griffith Park fire, which burned through 817 of the park's 4,210 acres in two days. So Councilman Tom LaBonge and other city officials dedicated the 750,000-gallon water Travel Town Tank that will be used to help fight fires in the park and irrigate areas in the Western portion of the park. "It's a tragedy when fires roar, as we see today in Santa Barbara," said LaBonge this morning. “This tank will help us protect Griffith Park long into the future.”

Griffith Park's water system is operated and maintained by the city's Department of Water & Power with a majority of the infrastructure reaching the end of its useful life, according to the councilman's office. So far, two water tanks--Tank 111 and Los Feliz Tank--200 fire hydrant and over 100,000 feet of water mains have been replaced in addition to today's announcement.

With the recent weather, Griffith Park's fire level hazard currently sits at "very high."