Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Griffith Park & Zoo Recovering From Yesterday's Fire

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

A view of the fire yesterday in Griffith Park | (AP Photo/John Antczak)

Yesterday's 25-acre brush fire in Griffith Park forced the evacuation of nearby zoo patrons as well as animals from a breeding facility, like the endangered Condors.

There was a quicker-than-usual response to the fire, which was first report at about a quarter to one in the afternoon, because firefighters from Hollywood were "already deployed nearby to conduct a brush fire drill," according to the Daily News. The fire began near the Toyon Heilpsot, which is a water-loading station for helicopters in the park that was built on a former landfill.

Support for LAist comes from

It took 200 firefighters just under three hours to tackle the blaze, but in the end there were no injuries or structures damaged, despite the close proximity to the Travel Town area of Griffith Park. The LA Zoo is expected to open today at 10 a.m. and will resume normal operations. At this time it is unclear as to what caused the fire.